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Safety takes center stage at luge track

Updated: February 14, 2010, 12:37 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- What is the proper response when an athlete dies in competition? Do you call a halt to what is, after all, merely a game, or do you go on with the show, tragedy be damned? Fortunately, this is a question we rarely must answer in sports. After the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, the secretary general of the International Luge Federation (FIL) asked reporters to bear in mind that there hasn't been a death in the sport since 1975.

"We haven't ...

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