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USA MEDALS in LUGE: FIRST TIME in 50 YEARS!

Luge (and it’s first cousin skeleton) is a sport I would not try in a thousand years!  You slide down a course at extreme speed with what is essentially a toboggan.  I admire anyone who is willing to do that.  I don’t even like roller coasters!

But in keeping with my commitment to talk about the US team in obscure sports that we do not win very often – I am glad to report (via USA Today) that we have our very first luge medal:  Bronze.

In a sport dominated by Germany, the USA had before Tuesday never stepped on the podium in singles luge — men or women — since it joined the Olympic program in 1964.

“Luge isn’t the biggest sport at home,” Hamlin said. “Hopefully this gives it a boost, I’m happy to pave the way to the future. Hopefully, it means we get a little more attention, some more funding so we can spread the numbers and a get a lot more kids involved and going forward just get stronger.”

For an underfunded program — compared with the German juggernaut — medals can bring in money, and money leads to more development for athletes, coaches, technology and marketing. This could be a major step in that direction.

I imagine it is difficult to get young people interested in luge but I say go for it!  Beats the alternative.

PS:  If someone is wondering:  What is Sandy doing blogging at 630 AM?  I am trying to root USA men’s curling and it is frustrating to see them not winning!

 

 

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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