U.S. luge pair hopes to add gold
AP Sports Writer
WHISTLER, British Columbia – Chosen by his teammates, five-time Olympic doubles luger Mark Grimmette carried the U.S. flag into an emotional opening ceremony. He’s hoping to see the Stars and Stripes rise one more time before he leaves Canada.
Grimmette and teammate Brian Martin, the most decorated doubles team in American sliding history, will try to add a gold medal to the silver they took home at Salt Lake in 2002 and bronze they won at Nagano in 1988. The pair crashed four years ago in Turin.
The three-time world champions believe there are several teams who could win Wednesday’s two-heat competition, which will begin from a lower starting line following the death of Georgian single’s slider Nodar Kumaritashvili.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.