15 Feb 2010

Women lugers unhappy about shorter track

10:14 am on 15 February 2010

Women lugers are unhappy about the shortened race on the Olympic track, with some complaining the new start disadvantages some athletes.

Modifications were made to the track and events in both the men's and women's competition following the death of Georgia's Nodar Kumaritashvili after he lost control of his sled while training and hit a metal pillar at high speed.

German luger Natalie Geisenberger says the start is too kind, making the fastest starters slow, and now those who trained hard on their start speed have lost their advantage.

American Julia Clukey agrees with her German rival and says the shortened track has taken the start aspect out of the competition and making it more difficult to get through the first curve cleanly.

But Clukey says she understands the local organisers had few options after the death of Kumaritashvili and says the International Luge Federation have acted correctly after the accident.