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U.S. Olympian Records Insane GoPro Video Of The Luge Track At Sochi: VIDEO


Matt Mortenson, an American doubles luger competing at the Sochi Games, recorded a video of the Olympic luge track at the Sanki Sliding Center when it first opened for training a little over a year ago. According to Business Insider, the track is slower than the track from the 2010 Vancouver Games--an altogether terrifying thought.

Ride along for an adrenaline fueled journey at 80 miles per hour AFTER THE JUMP...

Warning for those of you who get motion sick: you may want to take a Dramamine before watching.

On a side note, like Christian Niccum, Mortensen also spoke out yesterday regarding his displeasure over the viral ad from The Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion which comments on Russia's anti-gay laws by depicting luging in a sexual way, the NYT reports:

 “For some reason,” he said, “whether it’s Jimmy Kimmel or Conan O’Brien or anyone, doubles luge is always the target. It’s never about football players taking a snap or whatever. We’ve heard all this stuff before.”


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  1. Cool video, but why is the luge track completely covered? Is it indoors? So weird.

    Posted by: Wayne | Feb 12, 2014 7:12:35 AM

  2. Ah to be a luger. It's not homoerotic at all. After I've scared myself shitless I am always unaffected by the hard warm body pressed against me - ass to crotch.

    Posted by: Markt | Feb 12, 2014 7:22:48 AM

  3. It's extremely disappointing that gay groups have chosen to sexualize sports for some sort of misguided goal of "inclusion". What does it say about gay athletes who want to play on an equal basis with everyone else? They are playing into stereotypes that gay people are only interested in sex. It also reflects very negative views about male non-sexual intimacy as something shocking and tawdry. This reflects very badly on all of us.

    Posted by: freak | Feb 12, 2014 7:57:13 AM

  4. ^^^^

    right-wing troll

    Posted by: litper | Feb 12, 2014 8:58:23 AM

  5. It would seem that sexualizing situations,or pretty much everything,(from shaving cream to an innocent hamburger) is not a gay trait but a man trait. But if we are going to scream foul when straights reduce us to strictly sexual terms, it probably doesn't help when we do that to ourselves.
    Wow on the video.

    Posted by: dixichuk | Feb 12, 2014 9:01:44 AM

  6. Not a bad point Freak. Still libido is an extremely powerful force that underlies all human interactions (citation to Freud omitted). It simply comes to mind - like it or not. It's our prejudice against same sex sexuality that makes it a big deal - not so much that it is acknowledged. Maybe the key is to be sure to include the competing human emotional exchanges that are a part of sport as well.

    Posted by: Markt | Feb 12, 2014 9:08:29 AM

  7. "right-wing troll"

    Sure, because we're ALL part of the Gay Borg Collective, deviation from that is a Thoughtcrime.


    Totally agree with what Freak wrote.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Feb 12, 2014 10:53:26 AM

  8. Agree - why is it all indoors?

    Didn't seem as scary fast as I would have imagined it.

    Posted by: Alan | Feb 12, 2014 4:40:00 PM

  9. Who knew all the U.S. lugers were such homophobes? I imagine they'll be fairly quiet after these weird outbursts, though - lots of people are upset that they just can't seem to shut their mouths and perform. I was glad to see the German pair win gold over these cretins earlier today.

    Posted by: Håkon | Feb 12, 2014 4:49:32 PM

  10. I suspect the luge track is indoors because Sochi is a subtropical seaside resort. Enclosing the whole thing is probably the only way to keep things cold enough to keep the ice on the track from melting.

    Posted by: Steve T. | Feb 13, 2014 2:16:40 AM

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