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The luge has been known for the speed and strength and trying to get the fastest time. It has grown very popular over the years but takes a lot of training to become an Olympic athlete. They have to know the background information about the sport. Such as the sport luge was first brought and introduced by the vikings around four hundred BC. Also even if the athletes train a lot then don't win a medal they keep trying and focusing on the sport to get better.
Some of the training and work athletes have to learn is the terms of the sport. Some of the terms are the G-force or the gravitational for, the ice friction that keeps the speed and racer on the track while going over turns. The Kufens are the fiberglass runners attached to steel blades allowing to steer. The labyrinth is the stretch of sliding track made up of a series of turns. The last term if the Lip which is the protection barrier of the ice track.The athletes also have to know the safety of the sport, like what to do in a safety emergency.
Some other training they have to do is the physical training which usually takes around six days a week and four hours a day. The training consists of aerobic exercises such as swimming, speed skating, and gymnastics, which helps them train for there sport. It takes a lot of time and effort to compeat nationally. The results for the luge was that the us team got a bronze medal. Though some don't win, they keep pursuing their dream of becoming Olympic athletes.
Article posted March 9, 2010 at 11:45 AM •
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