Wasatch Luge Club
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Hi Everyone – we are planning to have our Fall membership meeting on Thursday, November 13th at 6:30 pm. Location is planned to be at the UOP, with the room still to be determined
Tomorrow I head home from the Games…. So I’ve been participating in the rigorous sport of Olympic Spectating…… in the last couple days I’ve seen Women’s Biathlon, Team Ski Jumping, Men’s Super G, the Canada /Finland Hockey Game, Women’s Boarder Cross, Men’s Skeleton, and the first two runs of Women’s Bobsled. …Whew…. Talk about an endurance sport.
A couple of you have asked about the friendliness of the people here…I have to say I’ve been impressed, especially with the volunteers….. From the girls that helped drag my bags to my room at 3AM…… to the lady giving homemade paper harts to spectators on Valentines Day these guys have tried to make people feel welcome. Its all the more impressive when you learn that most of the Volunteers have traveled from Moscow and other parts of the country (one shuttle driver told me he traveled three days by train just to get to Sochi) and are housed in small trailers 2 to 3 hours away from their assigned venue.
Having spent time in Russia/Latvia in the early 90’s I headed to Sochi with some trepidation about the cuisine I would find….. Happy to say gone or the days of grey meat and boiled cabbage.
A highlight of my trip was an invite to a traditional Russian Meal….a lunch that lasted three hours… It was incredibly civilized…especially for the Mom of two active boys used to throwing pasta together and darting out the door.
For those of you wondering about food at the hotel & track….. Each morning at the hotel we had a huge buffet with everything from scrambled eggs to crepes. There were a few items one doesn’t normally associate with breakfast like pickled olives and cheese cake but hey each to their own. Meals at the athlete/ officials tent at the sliding center were good too. Apparently the Organizers brought in students from cooking schools around Russia. I have to say the meal there were much better then at the games in Salt Lake and Vancouver.
Open Class – Ladies Start – 2-22-14 WLC singles open womens start Official results
GOLD – Samantha Carone
SILVER – Jake Farquharson
BRONZE – Brittany Arndt
Youth B Mens – Juniors Start – 2-22-14 WLC youth b men junior start Official results
GOLD – Duncan Biles
SILVER – Sean Hollander
BRONZE – Alanson Owen
Open Class – Tourist start – 2-22-14 WLC youth Tourist start Official results
GOLD – Matthew Greiner
SILVER – Ethan Owen
BRONZE – Delaney Duncan
Dang it’s warm here,…..I guess the palm trees should have been the first clue….second would be Norwegian Athletes going for a swim in the Black Sea. As a result of the high temperatures and sun/rain the venues have struggled to keep optimal conditions.
At Luara – the Biathlon / Nordic Skiing venue about 200 volunteers armed with snow plows and shovels spent the night removing 6 inches of slush off the top off the course. Now they are having to deal with fog and rain.
On the alpine courses they have burned though the organizers supply of salt (used to firm up the course) and are now shipping it in by the ton from Switzerland.
At the Extreme Park – Half Pipe and Aerials have been moved to later / earlier in the day in order to take advantage of cooler temperatures.
On the flip side it makes for great spectating….you can’t complain about kicking back in the stands soaking in the sun….still it is the Winter Olympics and I would love to see it covered in snow.
For those of you that complained about walking the “Gold Medal Mile” up to the UOP during the Salt Lake Olympics…this venue has got it beat……same distance, parts of it steeper with about 800 steps….oh and no pin.
Tonight was the last Luge race in these Games……on the one hand I’m glad they’re done ( I could use the sleep) but I’ll also miss the intensity that comes with Olympic competition.
This evenings race The Team Relay . is made up of three sliders one women, one man and a doubles team …..each must hit the target (paddle) at the end of the run to open the gate at the start and send the next member of the team down. The clock begins when the first slider crosses the start and finishes when the last slider crosses the finish line. The team with the lowest time wins.
The evening started out a little rough…..A late running bobsled training session and warm weather resulted in a scramble to get the outrun and finish area race ready….but with a good team we managed to beat the broadcast deadline.
The German team came in as the favorite and did’t disappoint, The Russians were second and the Latvians third. The US was 6th with another strong showing by Erin.
Now that the racing is over I’m looking forward to checking out other events…….stay tuned for more post……….
Holly Cow……Erin did it…..she won the first ever Luge Medal for Singles for the US. First of all
Congratulations to her, her family, and the coaches and staff of the USLA. It’s been years of hard work on everyone’s part….. Hope you all take a min. to savor the moment! Also a thumbs up to Kate (10th) and Summer (15th) both of them did a great job and were crowd favorites.
Last night the finish Dock was especially festive. Lots of parents and family members came to support their athletes. There were cheering competitions between the Russians and any other nation loud enough to take them on. The US and Canada, vastly outnumbered, joined forces and cheered for each other’s athletes. As it was in Vancouver, the Germans may be faster on the track but their Fans can’t hold a candle to the enthusiasm of the North Americans!
I have to admit standing there watching the race unfold was excruciating. With Erin sitting in third and one of the last sliders to go everyone was holding their breath. When she crossed the finish line and secured a medal everyone lost it….Her Coach Mark Grimmette let out a deafening whoop and exploded into to the air. Coaches from other countries were hugging and pounding any American they could find on the back (my ribs are still sore) and in the middle of it all was Erin with a huge smile…. it was an incredible moment.