Georgia at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Georgia participated in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It marked the fifth time since gaining independence that Georgia sent a delegation, though it had previously competed since 1952 as a member of the Soviet Union. Eight athletes competed in three sports, with none of them winning a medal. On the day of the opening ceremony, Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died in an accident while practicing for the games.[1]

Georgia at the
2010 Winter Olympics
Flag of Georgia.svg
NOCGeorgian National Olympic Committee (in Georgian and English)
in Vancouver
Competitors8 in 3 sports
Flag bearer Iason Abramashvili (Opening) Elene Gedevanishvili (Closing)
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Russian Empire (1900–1912)
 Soviet Union (1952–1988)
 Unified Team (1992)
Iason Abramashvili carrying the Georgian flag into the Opening Ceremonies

Alpine skiingEdit

Three athletes competed in skiing events: Iason Abramashvili and Jaba Gelashvili in both men's giant slalom and slalom, and Nino Tsiklauri in women's giant slalom and slalom.

Athlete Event Final
Run 1 Run 2 Total Rank
Iason Abramashvili Men's giant slalom 1:21.85 1:25.38 2:47.23 46
Men's slalom 51.89 DSQ
Jaba Gelashvili Men's giant slalom 1:23.61 1:26.71 2:50.32 50
Men's slalom DNF
Nino Tsiklauri Women's giant slalom DNF
Women's slalom 59.77 1:02.55 2:02.32 50

Figure skatingEdit

Three athletes competed in two figure skating events for Georgia: Elene Gedevanishvili competed in ladies' singles, while Allison Reed and Otar Japaridze competed in ice dancing.

Reed and Japaridze qualified for the Olympics at the 2009 Nebelhorn Trophy, where they placed twelfth.[2] Reed, originally from the United States, became a Georgian citizen in January 2010.[3] They finished 22nd overall at the Olympics.

Athlete(s) Event CD SP/OD FS/FD Total
Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank Points Rank
Elene Gedevanishvili Ladies' 61.92 9 93.32 17 155.24 14
Allison Reed / Otar Japaridze Ice dancing 26.65 20 42.22 21 63.45 22 132.32 22


Two athletes were qualified for the luge, with both Levan Gureshidze and Nodar Kumaritashvili set to make their Olympics' debut. However, on February 12, the day of the Opening Ceremony, Kumaritashvili crashed during a training run and was killed. The Whistler Sliding Centre, which recorded some of the fastest speeds in luge, experienced several accidents occurred during training runs leading up to the start of the games.[4] Going into the final turn of the course at speeds of 143 kilometres per hour (89 mph), he crashed into the side of the turn, sending him into a steel support pillar, and died shortly after.[5] The International Luge Federation immediately called an emergency meeting after the incident, and all other training runs were called off for the day.[4] Saying he "couldn't go on," Gureshidze withdrew from the competition out of respect for his teammate.[6]

Athlete Event Final
Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total Rank
Levan Gureshidze Men's singles withdrew
Nodar Kumaritashvili Men's singles died in an accident during training


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  2. ^ "Olympic Qualifying Competition – Oberstdorf (GER) – Review". International Skating Union. September 27, 2009. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  3. ^ "Georgia gives passport to American figure skater". USA Today. Associated Press. January 22, 2010. Archived from the original on January 3, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Olympic luger Nodar Kumaritashvili dies after crash". BBC Sport. February 12, 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Georgian luger killed in training". Toronto Sun: QMI Agency. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  6. ^ Associated Press (14 February 2010). "Olympians slide with heavy hearts". ESPN. Retrieved 12 February 2018.