Luge gazes silly. It gazes easy, very: lie down on a sled, let gravitation do the design, climb the pulpit. In reality, of course, luge is fascinatingly complex. And, as American Emily Sweeney’s brutal gate-crash the coming week made clear, it’s dangerous too.
A good start is crucial( that’s where the gloves with little spikes on the fingertips come in ). The rule of thumb says every 1/100 th of two seconds you lose up top complexes to 1/10 th of a second by the end of the running. Aerodynamics is really important, sliders practice their flesh in air tunnels. Because that flesh includes maintaining their manager back, they rely on peripheral vision and reminiscence to steer–if you can call flexing your feet and shoulders to manipulate a sled “steering.” Winning necessitates feeling the perfect direction through a dozen or so turns on a direction made of ice, whose exact influence changes from one run to the next.
Of course, you’d know none of this from watching luge during the course of its Winter Olympics. That’s because NBC’s commentators focus more on happenings like the American luger who had an at-home luge way as a kid, and something called a “clean line” that apparently matters a lot.
To croak from idle interest to the active appreciation these world class athletes deserve, I need to know what to look and listen for. I necessity a navigate , not a commentator.
You wouldn’t know that the “sled” these parties travel as quickly as 90 mph is actually a spot of fiberglass, barely bigger than an Olympian tuckus, atop a duet of overgrown fish secures. Those are bowed, so the majority of cases, only a few inches of the sled is touching the ice. I learned that by calling Chris Wightman, a former Olympian who’s now president of the Ontario Luge Association, who told me about current challenges in requiring one of the following options sleds. “If you sneezed, ” Wightman says, “it would go out of control.”