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February 13, 2010 by Post Team 

Winter Olympics Schedule | 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies will officially begin Friday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET with an unfortunate incident adding a sad note to the start of the Olympic schedule. The death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died  from injuries suffered while training on Friday, brought an air of sadness to the start of what it typically an exciting time for families and spectators of the Olympic games.

Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, reportedly lost control of his sled and went over the track wall . He struck an unpadded steel pole near the finish line at Whistler Sliding Center. Reports of his death halted training and the International Luge Federation members were called for a briefing on the situation.

Friday night’s 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies will go on as scheduled, although it is not certain that the Georgia team will participate. There is word that they may withdraw from the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Locally, there are five people participating in the Olympics with local Rhode Island ties.

Ron Wilson, played hockey for East Providence High School and Providence College, is head coach of the U.S. men’s hockey team.

Brian Burke, is the general manager of the U.S. men’s hockey team and was Ron Wilson’s teammate at Providence College.

Karen Thatcher, who played hockey for the Brown and PC women’s teams, is skating for the U.S. women’s hockey team.

Kelly Clark, born in Newport, is a snowboarder with the U.S. Olympic ski team.

Jodi McKenna was a member of the Brown women’s hockey team that lost in the 1998 national championship. McKenna is an assistant coach on the U.S. Olympics women’s hockey team.

NBC 10 in Rhode Island will carry the 2010 Winter Olympics coverage. Viewers can also keep up with the Olympic news on Twitter and Facebook as well as with two iPhone apps that will allow users to view all of the 2010 Olympic events with live real-time updates.

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