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U.S. luge pair hopes to add gold

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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2009, file photo, United States' Mark Grimmette, top, and Brian Martin race down the course to a third place finish in the doubles Luge World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. Once the World Cup luge season ends this weekend, Mark Grimmette will pack away his mittens for a few days and head to breezy, sunny San Diego. Vacation? Not hardly. The five-time U.S. Olympic luge racer will be trying on a slew of different bodytight suits in a high-tech wind tunnel, looking for those tiny fractions of seconds that could help the Americans find the podium at the Vancouver Games. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

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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