The international luge federation and Sochi organizers have agreed on a slower track for the 2014 Olympics, reducing the risk of the kind of fatal accident that marred the start of the Vancouver Games.
Federation secretary general Svein Romstad said in an interview with Associated Press Television News he has met with Russian organizers of the next Winter Olympics and is confident that a slower track will be constructed in Sochi, a Black Sea resort. “We already have agreement with them to construct a track where we are very comfortable that the speed is going to be lower,” Romstad said. The track is “still going to be high speed, but it is going to be lower.”
China claim first figure skating gold
Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo gave China their first ever Olympic figure skating title when they won gold in the pairs event in Vancouver on Monday while ending Russia’s 50-year domination of the event.
The husband-and-wife team led a Chinese 1-2 ahead of teammates Pang Qing and Tong Jian with Germany’s reigning two-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy taking bronze after the free skating final. It was the first time since 1960 that a pair from Russia or the former Soviet Union have not taken the gold.
Teter defends her bikini shots
Free-spirited snowboard champion Hannah Teter is ready to battle her critics on her bikini-clad pictorial in a popular sports magazine.
She defended her Sports Illustrated spread in which she appears in her bikini. “I was really amped up to do that because I don't believe in the criminalisation of bodies and women having to be ashamed of their bodies.”