This is the fastest sport on ice. Lugers reach speeds of more than 90 miles an hour. And speeds will be fast in Whistler, where the sliding sports will be held. Though members of the U.S. team have said they don't feel the track is especially difficult to navigate because the turns are fairly standard and predictable, the good ice conditions and course construction allow for very high speeds. The Whistler track is probably the fastest in the world. If you've ever thought of flooring it on an icy expressway, it might look like this.
Any of the German women. They're at the top of the sport and may well sweep the medals in Vancouver. So far this season, two Germans have traded victories for most of the World Cup circuit:
Because it takes so long to learn how to steer the sled properly, with deft movements of the feet, coaches take longer to allow developing lugers to start from the top of the start run than, say, skeleton athletes or bobsledders. The skill involved is barely tapping the steering mechanisms is akin to learning the pitch of a musical instrument. Oh, and jokes about doubles luge aside, notice that there's usually one tall slider and one short one in each pair. The short one is on the bottom. Only men compete in doubles. Both men and women take past in singles events.