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Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Luge-Vintage Geisenberger eases to first gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger was in a class of her own, smashing the track record for the second time at the Sochi Games to secure a commanding victory in the women’s luge and her first Olympic title on Tuesday.

Geisenberger’s superiority was such that she was the only slider to clock under 50 seconds – a feat she managed on three of her four runs.

Feb 11, 2014

Vintage Geisenberger eases to first gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger was in a class of her own, smashing the track record for the second time at the Sochi Games to secure a commanding victory in the women’s luge and her first Olympic title on Tuesday.

Geisenberger’s superiority was such that she was the only slider to clock under 50 seconds – a feat she managed on three of her four runs.

Feb 11, 2014

Skeleton-’Holy Grail’ sled is out there, says Dr Ice

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Like the handful of skeleton athletes who design their own sled, Britain’s “Dr Ice” is seeking the ultimate ride. Kristan Bromley is more qualified than most but his search for the “perfect sled” continues.

With an Engineering Honours degree, Bromley wrote a thesis on “Factors affecting the performance of skeleton bobsleds” and has also worked as an aerospace engineer.

Feb 11, 2014

‘Holy Grail’ sled is out there, says Dr Ice

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Like the handful of skeleton athletes who design their own sled, Britain’s “Dr Ice” is seeking the ultimate ride. Kristan Bromley is more qualified than most but his search for the “perfect sled” continues.

With an Engineering Honors degree, Bromley wrote a thesis on “Factors affecting the performance of skeleton bobsleds” and has also worked as an aerospace engineer.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Skeleton-’Holy Grail’ sled is out there, says Dr Ice

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Like the handful of skeleton athletes who design their own sled, Britain’s “Dr Ice” is seeking the ultimate ride. Kristan Bromley is more qualified than most but his search for the “perfect sled” continues.

With an Engineering Honours degree, Bromley wrote a thesis on “Factors affecting the performance of skeleton bobsleds” and has also worked as an aerospace engineer.

Feb 10, 2014

‘Perfect’ Geisenberger red-hot on Sanki ice

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Gold medal favorite 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 medalist 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

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.