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  • Luge World Cup Canceled After Crashes


    02/03/05

    (ATR) Luge officials have decided to cancel the World Cup event in Cesana on February 5 and 6, after serious crashes during training raised doubts on the safety of a new track built for the 2006 Olympics.

    FIL officials found that "individual athletes do not have the technical skills to negotiate the track fairly," said the luge federation in a statement.

    FIL Secretary General Svein Romstad tells Around the Rings that the event will take place at the beginning of next season, most likely in November, after modifications are made. But he stressed that "the track is really good."

    The problem is that bobsled and skeleton, which use the same track, "drive in different ways" that do not pose a safety risk for less experienced athletes. "Our preliminary investigation does not indicate any flaws in the track. We'll fix it," Romstad said.

    Italy's Marco Andreatta, who coaches the national luge team, said the track is "very fast and technical but absolutely safe."

    Brazil's Renato Mizoguchi, who was seriously injured, is in stable condition after undergoing brain surgery in Turin. His life is not in danger. Romanian Raluca Stramaturaru suffered a broken arm.

    The curve where the accidents took place - number 18 - "is perfect, but does not forgive if you can't take it properly," said Andreatta.

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