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2006-02-26 14:57:35

By Patrick Vignal CESANA, Italy (Reuters) - Armin Zoeggeler, who never loses his cool, tamed a treacherous track to hand Italy their first gold medal of the Turin Games in the highlight of the Olympic luge competition. The last runs of German great Georg Hackl, an expected German sweep in the women's event and several crashes could not eclipse the remarkable achievement of the 32-year-old who jealously defended the title he won in 2002 in Salt Lake City. "Winning an Olympic gold...

2006-02-16 09:34:44

By Patrick Vignal CESANA, Italy (Reuters) - The Cesana track which has claimed many victims since the start of the Turin Games has its fans, starting with Canada's Chris Moffat who loves it precisely because it is so challenging. "You'd be a looney if you weren't scared," said Moffat, who came ninth in Wednesday's luge doubles competition with his brother, Mike. "We are two inches above the ice going 130 km/h in our underwear. It's not exactly the safest sport. Injuries happen and...

2006-02-10 08:22:28

By Patrick Vignal CESANA, Italy (Reuters) - Not being German means you probably will have to settle for fourth place in the women's luge events of the Turin Games. Germany swept the medals four years ago in Salt Lake City and certainly look strong enough to do it again at the Cesana track, where women's action starts on Monday with the first of two days of singles competition. Such is Germany's dominance that Barbara Nierdernhuber, a silver medallist at the last two Winter Games,...

2006-02-08 13:05:00

By Patrick Vignal CESANA, Italy (Reuters) - The first time the Olympic luge track was tested a year ago, four competitors ended up in hospital. During Tuesday's first training session ahead of this weekend's men's singles event of the Turin Games, there was another spectacular crash, by Czech Jakub Hyman. The accident provided a reminder that luge, with racers hurtling down at about 130 kph, is a dangerous sport, although several leading medal contenders said they felt there was...

2005-12-06 20:12:13

By Svetlana Kovalyova SESTRIERE, Italy (Reuters) - If you dream about watching Olympic skiers race down the slopes in this Alpine resort and also want to see figure skaters swirl across the ice in Turin, you face a tough challenge. On paper, the distance of some 100 km between the two venues for the 2006 Winter Olympics seems a short haul. Bad weather, heavy traffic and security checks, however, might force you to spend long hours on the road linking Turin's ice rinks and the...