|Posted by lugenz on January 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM|
Today Matheson walked the track and then had one familiarisation run down the track. We also got to meet up with the International Luge Federation (FIL) coaches (Ioan from Romania, Petr from the Czech Republic, Kaspars from Latvia, Koji from Japan and Fred from the USA) who are helping the athletes from the smaller countries during the games. Petr and Kaspars coached Matheson and the... rest of our team in November and December last year. They checked out Mathesons sled work (passed their inspection!) and then Ioan took Matheson, Alex (Australia) and Alexander, "call me Sacha" (Bulgaria) on a walk beside the track to remind the boys how to tackle each corner. They all then successfully completed their run and tomorrow will get three further training runs, followed by three more on Saturday before racing on Sunday. NZ Chef de Mission (Peter Wardell) and Jake Wilkins from the NZ Olympic Committee came and watched the training and to learn abit more about luge. Thanks guys!
Ioan Apostol (coach) making a point to Alexander, "call me Sacha", Alex (Australia) and Matheson, watched by Australian official Hannah (2006 and 2010 Olympian) during this morning's track walk.