Jan 23, 2014, 7:16 AM EDT
Georgia will not send a luger to Sochi, but the nephew of the athlete killed during a training run at the 2010 Olympics is set to follow in his footsteps.
Nodar Kumaritashvili died on the day of the Opening Ceremony four years ago after he lost control of his sled traveling about 90 mph, flew off course and crashed. He was 21 and set to be a first-time Olympian.
His father, David, is still loyal to the sport, with his 1 1/2-year old grandson and Kumaritashvili’s nephew to continue a family tradition.
“At 3 we’ll start training him,” Kumaritashvili said, according to The Associated Press.
David competed for the Soviet Union. Another Kumaritashvili had founded the sport in Georgia. Niyako is the son of Kumaritashvili’s sister.
“I am certain that he will continue our luging dynasty,” David said.
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