Canadian accuses Germans of cheating

Skeleton racer calls out German team

By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

WHISTLER - Now it’s Canada’s turn to accuse another nation of wrongdoing heading into the Olympics.

Jeff Pain, one of the country’s top skeleton racers and a medal contender in his event, called out the dominant Germans here on Wednesday, accusing them of cheating by using illegal sleds.

“I know for a fact (the German team) have a magnetic component in their sleds and I question whether that’s legal,” Pain said at the Canadian team’s pre-Games press conference on Wednesday. It would be nice to have that investigated a little bit.”

When pressed on the issue and how he became aware of it, Pain elaborated on what he believes to be the technological advantage the Germans hold.

“I don’t know 100 percent how they use it, my belief is they are creating a magnetic field that provides damping, like shock absorbing,” Pain said. “It’s right around the runner posts. I don’t know what it’s there for but it’s there for a reason.

“They wouldn’t put it there if it didn’t do anything. If you read the rules it says you can’t have a magnetic field and that’s what it does.”

Teammate Jon Montgomery had a toned down version of Pain’s theory, but in the past has accused them of bending the rules.

“I suspect they are completely legal - just superior in technology,” Montgomery said. “When they break out and skid you can’t hear them but when we break out and skid you can hear us destroy the ice.

“At this point I believe we’re behind the game a bit. It doesn’t mean the difference between winning and losing. They’re going to be a definite force to be reckoned with here. We’re going to have to work hard to take their medals from them.”

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