World Cup luge to return to crash-marred Whistler

By TIM REYNOLDS | May 18, 2011 | 9:59 AM EDT

Luge's World Cup circuit is returning this winter to the site of the crash-marred 2010 Olympics.

International officials say races are planned for Dec. 9-10 at the Whistler Sliding Center, where a Georgian luge athlete was killed in a crash hours before the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Games.

The Olympic course was shortened to limit track speed following Nodar Kumaritashvili's death. The International Luge Federation says it has not determined if this winter's races will begin from the lower start ramps used in the Olympics, or the higher ones that many athletes say they would have preferred.

Athletes will be able to train at the Whistler track for a week before the World Cup. The track is considered one of the world's most challenging.