February 16, 2006
Track strikes fear
Calgary luger admits Turin course is scary
ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

CESANA, Italy -- After sliding to a ninth-place finish in doubles luge at his second Olympics, Calgary's Chris Moffat had an confession to make.

He was scared.

"Of course you're scared getting ready to race here -- you'd be a looney not to," said Moffat of the world-class luge run at Cesana Pariol.

"We are sliding 130km/h in our underwear two inches from the ice."

After a three-year hiatus form the sport, Chris teamed up with brother Mike one year ago with an eye on competing in the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

However, after qualifying for the Turin Games early in the season, the two started to believe they had a chance at bettering the fifth-place finish Chris and then-teammate Eric Pothier had at the Salt Lake City Games.

It wasn't meant to be.

"I'm disappointed -- I think this is the toughest track in the world right now by far," said Chris, who grew up in Silver Springs.

"I just wish we had more time to train on it and be ready for this race. We've only been sliding a year together."

Pothier teamed up with Grant Albrecht to finish 10th.

The Austrian duo of Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger won the gold yesterday, while Germany's Andre Florschuetz and Torsten Wustlich got silver. Italians Gerhard Plankensteiner and Oswald Haselrieder were third.