Luge Team Relay Added to Olympic Schedule
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - The International Olympic Committee announced, on April 6, that the luge team relay is to be added to the Olympic schedule for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
In the team relay, each nation enters three sleds: women’s and men’s singles and a doubles crew. Each negotiates the track from the same starting point, and after crossing the finish line, the athlete must sit up and hit a touch pad overhanging the track. That mechanism opens the start gate for the next teammate. When the athlete touches the pad, the team’s total time is recorded.
"Many team events involve adding one individual score to another while others, like the 4 X 100 meter track race, involve a continuous event with a transition from one competitor to another," said USA Luge CEO Ron Rossi. "Luge’s team event will be the latter, involving touch pads, reaction time and the opening of a gate to arrive at one cumulative time.
The team relay has been a crowd favorite and part of the World Cup and World Championship circuit since 2007.
"This is very exciting news for the sport and our athletes, added Rossi. "It adds another Olympic event to showcase our sport and give our athletes an additional chance to score a medal. The beauty of the event is that it involves all three events contested in the sport (men’s singles, women’s singles and doubles) - which also means that the genders are mixed into the one competition. It also doesn’t hurt that we will be able to offer up a very competitive team."
The 2011-12 World Cup season, including the team relay, will begin in late November.
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