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Nodar Kumaritashvili: The Georgian luger's legacy a decade on

Terrance Kosikar, the first responder after Nodar's crash, is continuing Nodar's legacy
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Georgia's Olympic luger Nodar Kumaritashvili.

On the 12th February 2010, the eve of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Nodar tragically died after crashing on a practice run just hours before the opening ceremony was due to take place. His luge flipped and he flew off the track at a speed of 145 kilometres an hour. 

Terrance Kosikar was the first paramedic on the scene and the death of Nodar led to him suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder so severely that he attempted to take his own life on a number of occasions. 

Terrance found help in the great outdoors and now runs the campmyway project, which takes people suffering from PTSD into the Canadian mountains for camping trips to experience some adventure. 

He's also became close friends with Nodar's family and, together, they ensure his life is not forgotten, as he tells Caroline Barker.

Photo: Memorial of Nodar Kumaritashvili in the Whistler Village (Getty Images)
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