Luge Stories to Watch at PyeongChang 2018 | Olympic Winter Games

Luge Stories to Watch at PyeongChang 2018 | Olympic Winter Games


PyeongChang 2018:
Stories To Watch. Luge. The sport of luge got
its Olympic start at Innsbruck 1964. Since that time, only five
countries have ever won a gold medal in luge. That’s 43 events, total.
More on that in a moment. So, what are the events? At the Games of 2018 you will see the men’s
and women’s singles, doubles, as well as
an event just added at the last Olympics,
the team relay. Luge has the most medals
among the three sliding sports. The luge track at PyeongChang
is the Olympic Sliding Centre. And it will also be the venue
for bobsleigh and skeleton during the
Olympic Winter Games. The artificial track has been
around since 2016 and features 16 turns. The men’s course stretches more
than 1,300 metres, with an altitude drop
of 117 metres. That’s like leaping off of Big
Ben or the Statue of Liberty. The women rates a bit over
1,200 metres, with 13 turns. Which movie character claimed
he grew up taking luge lessons? The answer later on
PyeongChang 2018: The Stories To Watch. No man has been more dominant
sliding for singles titles recently than
Felix Loch of Germany. Back-to-back gold medals at
the last two Olympics have made Felix
the unquestioned name to watch in 2018. In Vancouver he became
the youngest slider to win luge at an Olympics. Since then,
no-one has had greater success. That’s really important,
to win the medals. We have two or three
young guys, I hope they will be
the next Felix. If Felix Loch can manage
another victory in 2018, he would equal the all-time
Olympic mark of three consecutive
gold medals held by the legendary
German Georg Hackl, who went undefeated
in the 1990s. No-one would be happier for
Felix than his father, Norbert, coach of the team. It should come as no surprise
that one of the top women to watch is from Germany. Natalie Geisenberger is
a three-time Olympic medallist. She got her start in the sport
at the age of ten. Her first Games, at 22,
saw her earn the bronze medal. At the last Olympics, Natalie
not only won the singles title but the inaugural mixed team
relay as well. It will be etched in history as the first double luge
gold for women at one Olympics. (OLYMPIC MEDALS) Fifth all time in overall
medals won is West Germany, with ten total, fourth
is long-time power Austria. In third sits
Italy with seven gold medals. Then the big two –
East Germany, and at the top, Germany,
winning a whopping 36 medals. Tatjana Huefner of Germany
is taking part in her fourth Games. A soldier in the German
army when she competed in her first Olympics in 2006,
she put together runs good enough to earn
the bronze medal. Four years later, at Vancouver, the now 26-year-old Tatjana
won the gold medal, and in Sochi she turned
in a steady silver performance. With a fourth medal
in PyeongChang, Tatjana would become the most decorated female luger
in Games history. Did you know that in 54 years
of Olympic competition, only one person has won
a singles medal who was not from Europe? Her name is Erin Hamlin, and the slider from the
USA is returning in 2018 aiming to better her bronze
medal performance from Sochi. The three-time Olympic veteran can handle and find any
advantage from her experience on the new track
in PyeongChang. Sochi for example was
also a new track, and by the time we
got to race day, in my mind I had really been able to pick
apart the run, and every time I went down,
even if I wasn’t perfect, I had enough
confidence in my ability. The last two Olympics have seen
the defending bronze medallist go on to win the gold medal. Can Hamlin repeat history, and become the third straight
champion? The most decorated
luger in Olympic history, Armin Zoeggeler,
retired after 2014. He now coaches Italy’s promising team and its star,
Dominik Fischnaller. I don’t like comparing myself
to Dominik Fischnaller and vice versa. He’s learned a lot from me and our goal is to reach
the podium. Dominik debuted at
the 2014 Olympics with a sixth place finish. His aim, of course, is to
become Italy’s first singles winner since Zoeggeler. Dominik celebrates his 25th
birthday on February 20th, the 12th day of the Games. Maybe with the pressure off, he’ll get to watch
a Bayern Munich match, his favourite football club. Doubles will once again
see brother duos strive for an Olympic crown. Keep your eyes on Andris
and Juris Sics from Latvia. These siblings have earned
three medals in three Games which labels them
as the most decorated Latvians ever in Winter, but their bronze finishes in
2014 have them hungry for more. Can they topple the non-brother
team from Germany, Toni Eggert and
Sascha Benecken? By the way, the answer to which
movie character revealed he had grown up taking
luge lessons…? It was none other than Dr Evil. Finally, for people who
want to see action at the Olympic Sliding Centre, word is out about
this new track. Starting on the 10th, you can
catch the men’s singles event. The next two days will crown
the women’s champion. On the 14th, all the
doubles will take place, culminating with the new team
relay on the night of the 15th. The Olympic Winter Games
in PyeongChang, set to begin February 9th. Fill your knowledge tank
by watching other episodes on Olympic Channel.

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