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Gold Band of Brothers
Austrian brothers take gold in men's luge doubles.
By Ethan White
Scholastic Kids Press Corps

Austrian sliders Andreas Linger, left, and Wolfgang Linger
Austrian sliders Andreas Linger, left, and Wolfgang Linger celebrate their gold medal finish after their second run in the Doubles Luge at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games at Cesana Pariol, Italy, Wednesday, February 15, 2006.

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    (Photo: David J. Phillip/AP Wide World)
  • Wednesday, February 15—In a heartbreaking ending, the U.S. team of Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin crashed during their try at the fastest sport on ice, the men's luge doubles. The two-time Olympic medalists were going for gold in Torino, Italy, at the 2006 Winter Games. They had won the silver in the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Luckily, neither of them was seriously injured during the crash. The other American team of Preston Griffall and Dan Joye finished eighth.

    The big win went to two brothers from Austria: Andreas and Wolfgang Linger. The total time of their two runs was 94.497 seconds. This was Austria's first gold in this event since the debut of luge doubles in 1964.

    "I had a good feeling all week, but I didn't think it would work out that well," said Andreas Linger. "We've been unhappy a few times in the past, but today, everything just clicked."

    Coming in second was the German duo of Andre Florschuetz and Torsten Wustlich. They finished with a total time of 94.807 seconds.

    Winning the bronze was the Italian team of Oswald Haselrieder and Gerhard Plankensteiner. They finished with a total time of 94.930 seconds.




    Photos, left to right: © Rick Rickman/NewSport/NewSport/Corbis; © Joe Cavaretta/AP Wide World.