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Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Luge-’Perfect’ Geisenberger red-hot on Sanki ice

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Gold medal favourite Natalie Geisenberger led her rivals a merry dance to move into a commanding position to win a possible first Olympic title after the first two runs in the women’s singles on Monday.

The German, bronze medallist four years ago, began in scintillating fashion at the Sanki Sliding Centre by setting a track record of 49.891 seconds on her opening slide.

Feb 10, 2014

Furious Niccum condemns ‘gay lugers’ video

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American doubles luger Christian Niccum branded as “ridiculous and sad” a promotional video from a diversity group featuring two athletes rocking back and forth on a sled with the message that the Olympic Games “have always been a little gay”.

In the 33-second video, released by the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI), two figures sit at the start of a luge track, clad in black Lycra with red helmets and black face masks, and suggestively sway in slow motion.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Luge-Furious Niccum condemns ‘gay lugers’ video

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – American doubles luger Christian Niccum branded as “ridiculous and sad” a promotional video from a diversity group featuring two athletes rocking back and forth on a sled with the message that the Olympic Games “have always been a little gay”.

In the 33-second video, released by the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion (CIDI), two figures sit at the start of a luge track, clad in black Lycra with red helmets and black face masks, and suggestively sway in slow motion.

Feb 10, 2014

Flawless luger Loch on course to emulate Hackl

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Described by German great Georg Hackl as the “perfect luger,” protege Felix Loch duly secured a second successive Olympic gold on Sunday in a style that suggested he will have no trouble emulating his mentor’s three Games titles.

Loch, who has dominated luge since becoming the youngest gold medallist in the sport in Vancouver aged 20, led the competition after the second slide on Saturday and won at a canter.

Feb 9, 2014

Flawless Loch on course to emulate Hackl

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Described by German great Georg Hackl as the “perfect luger,” protégé Felix Loch duly secured a second successive Olympic gold on Sunday in a style that suggested he will have no trouble emulating his mentor’s three Games titles.

Loch, who has dominated luge since becoming the youngest gold medalist in the sport in Vancouver aged 20, led the competition after the second slide on Saturday and won at a canter.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Luge-Flawless Loch on course to emulate Hackl

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Described by German great Georg Hackl as the “perfect luger,” protege Felix Loch duly secured a second successive Olympic gold on Sunday in a style that suggested he will have no trouble emulating his mentor’s three Games titles.

Loch, who has dominated luge since becoming the youngest gold medallist in the sport in Vancouver aged 20, led the competition after the second slide on Saturday and won at a canter.

Feb 9, 2014

Tobi or not Tobi, synchronicity the key in doubles

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – When thousands of a second matter as you hurtle down an icy chute at high speed, it pays to be in harmony with the person you share a sled with in luge doubles.

The exhilarating rush of a slide lasting under a minute is one thing. The forces of gravity are another. Both bodies must be stiff – and relaxed enough – to handle the curves and contours of the unfolding labyrinth.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Luge-Tobi or not Tobi, synchronicity the key in doubles

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – When thousands of a second matter as you hurtle down an icy chute at high speed, it pays to be in harmony with the person you share a sled with in luge doubles.

The exhilarating rush of a slide lasting under a minute is one thing. The forces of gravity are another. Both bodies must be stiff – and relaxed enough – to handle the curves and contours of the unfolding labyrinth.

Feb 9, 2014

California dreamin’ on Sochi winter’s day

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – For Californian surfing fanatic Kate Hansen, competing in luge is almost as good as riding the perfect wave. Almost – she is still a beach girl at heart.

The 21-year-old from Los Angeles will make her Olympic debut when the women’s singles starts on Monday.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Luge-California dreamin’ on Sochi winter’s day

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – For Californian surfing fanatic Kate Hansen, competing in luge is almost as good as riding the perfect wave. Almost – she is still a beach girl at heart.

The 21-year-old from Los Angeles will make her Olympic debut when the women’s singles starts on Monday.