Moving moments at the Beijing Winter Olympics

By Jiang Lu | | Updated: 2022-02-20 06:40
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Saba Kumaritashvili of Georgia in action during the men's singles run 3 at the National Sliding Centre, in Beijing, on Feb 5, 2022. [Photo/IC]

Speeding down the icy track at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre on Feb 5 represented a significant moment for Georgian luger Saba Kumaritashvili.

He completed his two runs in a combined time of 2:00.357 to finish the first day of sliding in 31st place in the men's single luge event.

Kumaritashvili finished, but his debut alone – 12 years after his cousin Nodar Kumaritashvili died in a training accident in Vancouver 2010 – would have been an emotional milestone for his family.

"I am happy and proud that I have the opportunity to represent my family and country at these Olympics," he said. "Now I feel responsibility to them, because they expect good results from me. It's really big motivation, so I will try to do my best for them."

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