Zöggeler hunting for gold in luge

Maranello (Modena), 14 February 2010 – At the end of the two runs held last night Armin Zöggeler came in third behind the Germans Felix Loch and David Möller, with more encouraging times than during the previous test before the start of the Olympic Games in Vancouver. The Olympic champion from Merano has a difficult task ahead, hunting his third gold medal, this time on the track of the Whistler Sliding Centre, where the Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritashvilin died last Friday after a violent accident on the track in corner 16, while he was trying to correct his trajectory. Due to safety reasons the extremely fast track – designed, like the previous three, by the German Udo Gurgel – was shortened by 200 metres. Thus the speed will be reduced, which on the original track could reach up to 153 km/h. At 1pm local time (10pm in Italy) and at 3pm (midnight in Italy) the two decisive runs for the medals will be held.