Sourced from Canadian and American PressTwo deaths in trial runs, almost simultaneously--first in Afghanistan and then at the Olympics in Vancouver on the luge slide, even before the Opening Ceremony.
According to Brig.-Gen. Daniel Menard, the top commander in Kandahar, "this type of training is normal for soldiers in theatre and essential in helping them to maintain high levels of expertise."
Menard described Baker as an "extremely passionate" person who loved his job. "Joshua was mentally tough, physically robust and had a personality that made him a natural leader," he said.
"He had a deep love for his family and worried constantly about them. He also had a deep love for his faith; it was something he took pride in and that gave him strength."
News of the soldier's death came as Canadian troops were taking part in the largest air assault of the Afghan war in neighbouring Helmand province.
Kumaritashvili’s death cast a pall over the Winter Games before they even started. “I have no words to say what we feel,” said International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, visibly shaken by the day’s events.