February 16, 1988 |
He helped pave the road, helped build the shelter. It still isn't ready yet, far from it, but the foundation is believed to be solid. That's the important thing. And now, American luger Frank Masley, a team member over the last three Olympiads - from the dark ages of borrowed sleds to the present, a time of corporate funding and high-technology - is retired. He says he is without regrets, and has only one wish. "I'd like to take my last run over," he said. "I really would.
January 12, 1988 |
Quick. For $200 and a trip to the bonus round, who was the U.S. flag bearer for the opening ceremonies at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia? Phil Mahre, the skier? No. Scott Hamilton, the figure skater? No. If you're having trouble, don't worry. The U.S. Olympic Committee didn't do so hot, either. When the athletes voted at Sarajevo, the committee announced the winner as, uh, you know, "That luge guy. " "They had no idea who I was," said Frank Masley, now 27 and a mechanical engineering student at Drexel.
February 20, 1988 |
Steffi Martin Walter is a luger, which tells you right off she has no patience with the mundane. She won the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics and then retired to start a family. And, oh, yes, to go to law school on the side, just to make sure she had no free time. She has a son, Sebastian, who is 14 months old, and law school is going swimmingly. But even with all that, Walter, a 25-year-old East German, felt a void in her life. So last March she got the urge to luge again.
March 11, 1999 |
From my unique (horizontal) position, I've learned that luge is like life: Keep your head up long enough to see where you're going; a thousandth of a second can change a lifetime; and, when things start to slide beyond your control, hold on for dear life and right your sled.Some of the lessons I have learned are applicable only to my special sport, yet most are life lessons I can impart to other young people. Since 1993, I have been involved with "Win at School," sponsored by Bell Atlantic.
February 7, 1992 |
Drexel sophomore Robert Pipkins, of Staten Island, N.Y., joined the U.S. luge team yesterday when he won a two-day runoff against Wendel Suckow, of Marquette, Mich., and Tim Wiley, of Lexington, Mass. Wiley, winner of the Olympic luge trials in Lake Placid, N.Y., last month, was bumped from the team. Pipkins, 18, and Suckow joined medal hopeful Duncan Kennedy, of Lake Placid, on the squad. Pipkins, the only black luger competing on the international level, originally was a discretionary selection to the U.S. team after the Olympic trials, during which he set a track record at Lake Placid.
April 12, 2002
IN RESPONSE to Sam Donnellon's Feb. 9 column, "More and more, borders are blurred. " The International Luge Federation requires that Olympic athletes race in three world cup events during the two seasons before the games. To race in a World Cup, an athlete must finish a qualifying run within 7 percent of the fastest time down that particular track. The Venezuelan athletes in question, Werner and Christopher Hoeger, raced in six and eight World Cups, respectively. It wasn't their Venezuelan passports that qualified them for the games, it was their performance.
January 13, 1988 |
Bonny Warner slid to an American track record yesterday in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Frank Masley narrowly missed breaking his own mark in the second qualifying heat to determine the U.S. Olympic luge team. Warner, aided by perfect ice conditions as she careened down the Mount Van Hoevenberg track, shaved .02 off the American record set in 1983. Warner, 25, of Mount Baldy, Calif., held a commanding half-second lead over Erica Terwillegar, 24, of Lake Placid, after two of the three heats.
February 15, 2010 |
WHISTLER, British Columbia - The fast-starting Germans won, as they usually do. But the Canadians were dialed in to this deadly luge track. The Austrians were flying in practice. American veteran Tony Benshoof was hoping for an explosive finale. The death of a young Georgian luger Friday during a training run for the men's luge singles derailed those upset plans. "I wish they hadn't lowered the start," said Benshoof, a so-so starter but a fearless finisher who wound up eighth after yesterday's final two runs.
February 8, 2002 |
It was considered the most memorable Olympic day in U.S. luge history. Of course, it also was the only memorable Olympic day in U.S. luge history. When they held the doubles competition in Nagano, Japan, four years ago, the German team took the gold medal. That wasn't a shock. But sliding in behind to grab the silver and bronze medals were two U.S. teams, Chris Thorpe and Gordy Sheer, and Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin. Before that competition, the United States had been 0-for-forever in Olympic luge events.
February 10, 1992 |
Robert Pipkins was understandably nervous before his first race ever in Olympic luge competition, and it showed. The 18-year-old sophomore at Drexel University had a shaky start yesterday. He banged back and forth against the wall five times heading down the beginning of the 4,100-foot Olympic track. With each bump, he fell farther and farther behind and finished in 47.996 seconds, 32d among 34 racers. On his second run of the day, Pipkins showed more poise and finished 14th to move up to 26th place overall, clearly a disappointment.