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Feb 12, 2014

German luge machine at full throttle in Sochi

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – German luge great Georg Hackl believes his country’s dominance in the sport comes from a scientific approach to athlete recruitment and sled design.

For their rivals, however, the reason is clear — the Germans were born to slide.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Luge-German luge machine at full throttle in Sochi

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – German luge great Georg Hackl believes his country’s dominance in the sport comes from a scientific approach to athlete recruitment and sled design.

For their rivals, however, the reason is clear — the Germans were born to slide.

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.