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Olympic Luge Tracks - 1964 v 2012

Posted by lugenz on January 13, 2012 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Buried under the snow at Igls/Innsbruck Olympic Sliding Centre, the site of the luge, bobsleigh and skeleton at these 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games, are the remains of the track that was used for the 1964 Olympic Winter Games (OWG) sliding events. In 1964 the track wasn't refrigerated and it wasn't until the 1976 OWG, also at Innsbruck, that the Olympic sliding athletes first experienced a refrigerated track. The world's first refrigerated track was opened literally down the road in Kon...

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Winter Youth Olympic Games - 13 January

Posted by lugenz on January 13, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Matheson completed the first three of his six official training runs this morning. There was snow overnight and light snow during the early part of the training. For this training the athletes were split into two groups with 15 sliders in Matheson's Group A. Matheson placed 13th twice and 15th in his three runs. He reached a top speed of 101.4kph and on his 2nd run was 1.535 seconds ...behind the fastest slider. The fastest in the three runs were Latvia's Riks Rozitis (1st run), Germany's Chr...

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Winter Youth Olympic Games - 12 Jan

Posted by lugenz on January 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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 ins...

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WYOG - 11 January

Posted by lugenz on January 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Today we headed up to the track to take a look around and do some sled work. The first thing we had to do though was locate Matheson's sled. Sleds are not allowed in the Olympic Village and when we checked into the Village the sled had supposedly been dispatched to the luge track to be waiting for us in our designated workshop (container). Well is wasn't there. After about 2 hours of friendly discussion with the staff at the track it was finally located at the adjacent ski area. So it en...

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All four FIL Continents will be represented at YOG

Posted by lugenz on January 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Innsbruck-Igls (pps) A total of 21 member federations of the International Luge Federation (FIL) have qualified with at least one athlete for the premiere of the inaugural edition of the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Innsbruck-Igls, January 13-22. This is the result of the qualifying events as reported by the Chairman of the FIL Sport Commission, Sepp Benz of Switzerland. “We are especially happy that Australia and New Zealand have qualified so that all four continents with FIL Me...

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Winter Youth Olympic Games - Day Minus 4

Posted by lugenz on January 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Winter Youth Olympic Games (WYOG) Day minus 4 (i.e. 4 days until the opening ceremony). We moved to the Olympic Village today, well Matheson did but Geoff and some of the other team officials are staying at a hotel near the village as it turns out the village isn't big enough. We got inducted into the village with a NZ pack of goodies and other things, cuaght up with Chef de Mission Peter and his assistant Evelyn. We also met our to volunteer assistants, Nadia from Innsbruck and Grit from Ber...

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Winter Youth Olympic Games - Team Effort

Posted by lugenz on January 9, 2012 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

NZ Luge at the Youth Olympic Games is the result of a team effort. While Matheson Hill is our representative at the Games, Andrew Scott, Josh Steele and Tyler Cathro-Carson should all take some credit as they were members of the NZ Junior Team that trained and competed together in North America in January/February and November/December last year. It was this effort that provided the platform for Matheson, the only athlete in the required 2 year age band, to meet the qualification requirements...

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Winter Youth Olympic Games - Background

Posted by lugenz on January 9, 2012 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

While New Zealand basks in summer the alpine city of Innsbruck/Austria gears up for the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games (13 to 22 January). With Innsbruck already acting as host city for the Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 1964 and 1976, it is now set to welcome the Olympic Family for the third time.

The event will bring together 1,059 top athletes aged 14 to 18 from over 60 nations to compete in the seven sports which will also be represented at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games ...

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Working Bees

Posted by lugenz on March 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM Comments comments (0)


Hey everyone troops needed on Saturday 12th March and Saturday March 26th to get a a number of projects sorted before the season starts.

Refer to our latest newsletter (available to download on this page)

Andrew and Josh make The ODT

Posted by lugenz on February 13, 2011 at 7:57 PM Comments comments (0)



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