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Olympian1010

Winter Olympic Games 2026 Olympic Sports Programme

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15 hours ago, NearPup said:

Half the countries you listed already have artificial luge tracks :P

 

Coincidentally only half of the countries you listed appear to have natural luge tracks, too (according to WIkipedia).

 

NTL "tracks" don't exist, actually...:p

 

you only need a downhill mountain road covered with snow and ice with water (and other new chemical products, to make it easier) and a few wooden boards at the side in the curves and the most technical/dangerous passages of the "track"...

 

basically, if weather is cold enough, every place with a downhill curvy road is good for NTL...:evil: ;)

 

p.s. by the way, among the Nations named before, Canada, Slovakia and Sweden normally participate in woirld cup and world champs...if the last time they weren't at the start (but SVK and SWE were, only CAN wasn't), it's purely coincidental...

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14 hours ago, Col_Frost said:

That's quite harsh opinion, don't you think? I would understand if you would name like that boxing for judges problems or weightlifting because of doping but luge? C'mon.

 

It's only your opinion, unless you have some proof to confirm it ;) I also have opinion and I think that many lugers wouldn't do it, especially older ones. Naturals and artificials aren't very similar disciplines. I think many lugers rather change to bobsleigh or even skeleton than natural luge. Some of them probably end their carriers.

 

well, NTL is propedeutical to ATL...

 

most of theItalian ATL lugers (Armin Zoeggeler himself, too) when they were childern started their career with NTL, since we don't have an Artificial Track (except for the few years when the Olympic Track in cesana was active, but still, that's more than 400kms away from the cradle of Italian Luge, which is obviously South Tyrol)...

 

only when they grow up and are allowed by their parents to travel to Innsbruck/Igls they start to practice in ATL (that's why we have so many NTL specialists and only few ATL's)...

 

and also many Austrian lugers started their career as NTL specialists before switching to ATL, even if they have one of the world's iconic tracks available...

 

said that, I agree with you on the point that many among the older ATL specialists won't be able to switch successfully to NTL and therefore they likely won't even try...especially those who have never tried a NTL slide in their life, even when they were children (and I fear that many Germans are in this situation, especially those coming from the former DDR regions...in Bavaria it's different...most likely, they already have some kind of experience, even if they never competed in NTL official races)...

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23 hours ago, Col_Frost said:

Yes, of course. That's why I wrote before that very much depends on if both kind of luge would be at olympics or only one of them (in this example natural instead of artificial). But talking about Lien and Ferlazzo. They'll both have 31 years in 2026. Do you really think that they would change discipline in this age? They would retire instead. And without Ferlazzo there is no luge in Australia ;) 

 

To be fair. You can say the same about 80% of olympic sports.

 

 

23 hours ago, Olympian1010 said:

No, they would definitely retire. You’re right about Ferlazzo, and I would add that there probably won’t be luge program in Australia once he’s gone (unless they have some juniors I don’t know about). Australia does have a good amount of natural snow though, so a NTL team would be more feasible for them.

 

21 hours ago, Col_Frost said:

Didn't hear about anyone also ;) 

 

there's no luge program in AUS in any case...Ferlazzo is using his AUS passport to participate in the luge world events, but "professionally" he grew up in Park City, where he trasferred in 2010 at the age of 15 to start training in ATL...

 

as far as I know, however, there are a few more AUS kids (and also from other "exotic" Nations) trying Luge in North America...sooner or later we might see them on the world circuit, who knows?

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Dnia 27.07.2020 o 14:52, Cobi napisał:

 

It is funny to see luge in Spain consdering that we do not have a single athlete :mumble:. The only Winter sport slightly popular in Spain is figure skating, specially since the appearance of Javi Fernández. A few years ago, alpine skiing was also popular, with some World Cup events being shown in public TV, as well as ski jumping with the Four Trampolines, but nowadays nobody cares about Winter sports.

Four Trampolines - i like the way you call it.

 

By the way, I really enjoyed olympic museum at Montjuic. Really interesting exposition. And Barcelona is a beautiful city, everybody knows that. 

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Have heard the ISU is looking to propose team sprint into the program

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4 hours ago, intoronto said:

Have heard the ISU is looking to propose team sprint into the program

 

waiting for @heywoodu's comment, here...:rofl:

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But probably there is not enough space for such addition... Unless it's mixed team sprint of course!


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Just now, dcro said:

But probably there is not enough space for such addition... Unless it's mixed team sprint of course!

Been around for 2 YOGs...


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Just now, Olympian1010 said:

Been around for 2 YOGs...

 

Yeah. Mixed-NOC mixed team sprint would be the perfect addition for the speed skating mix.

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I'm just waiting until the 10,000 will be cancelled and speed skating turns into sprint speed skating all around :p U know it's coming!

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