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Luger was afraid of a turn, father says

Updated: February 15, 2010, 8:11 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The athlete killed on the luge track Friday told his father a day before he died in a training run that he was scared of one of the turns, David Kumaritashvili said.

"He had trained there before, he had trained there before," Kumaritashvili told ABC News on Monday in a telephone interview from his home in Bakuriani, Georgia. "That's why he told me, 'I'm afraid of this spot.' "

Kumaritashvili said he had offered his 21-year-old son encouragement in a phone ...

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