Nodar Kumaritashvili crashed on turn 16 of his second training run and later died of his injuries.
While many other athletes collect millions in endorsements, Julia will again go to work to support herself. This is necessary because luge is an obscure sport in the United States.
In the past, Julia has worked in the Home Depot and at a marina in Lake Palcid to help make ends meet. She recieves support from the US Luge Association and from friends with local businesses.
US Luge invites businesses and individuals to make contributions to individual athletes. If you own a business and would like to get involved, call Dmitry Feld at U. S. Luge. His number is 518-523-2071, extension 104.
You may also make a contribution to the Adopt an Athlete Program by writing to USA Luge at 57 Church Street in Lake Placid, NY. The Zip Code is 12946