Olympics' Somber Opening

Olympics' Somber Opening

Nothing told the tale of a wrenching opening day at the 2010 Winter Olympics than this jarring scene at Whistler Village Friday evening.

          At one end of the village, more than 1,000 people packed into Village Square, cheering and watching the Opening Ceremony from Vancouver, two hours south of here.

          At the other end, at the base of a giant set of Olympic rings, a candle-and-flowers memorial was taking root.

          The memorial was for 21-year-old luger Nodar Kumaritashvili of the Republic of Georgia, killed in a grotesque training accident Friday morning on a track many, included competitors, feared was dangerously fast.
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