The Coroners Service of British Columbia and the International Luge Federation have issued a joint statement about the death of luge athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, who suffered a fatal crash during a training session for the 2010 Winter Olympics on Friday.
After inspecting the track where the fatal crash occurred and reviewing tapes, officials say they've reached the following conclusion:
"It appears after a routine run, the athlete came late out of curve 15 and did not compensate properly to make correct entrance into curve 16. This resulted in a late entrance into curve 16 and although the athlete worked to correct the problem he eventually lost control of the sled resulting in the tragic accident.
"The technical officials of the FIL were able to retrace the path of the athlete and concluded there was no indication that the accident was caused by deficiencies in the track.
"Based on these findings the race director, in consultation with the FIL, made the decision to reopen the track following a raising of the walls at the exit of curve 16 and a change in the ice profile. This was done as a preventative measure, in order to avoid that such an extremely exceptional accident could occur again."
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