Sochi 2014: Austria v Germany as luge set to get pulses racing
Sochi 2014: Austrian brothers going for unprecedented three golds in luge though out to stop them are sport's dominant force from neighbouring Germany
The Linger brothers will make history in becoming the first ever pair to secure three luge doubles gold medals if they can overcome a threat from a German pair who have dominated the season.
If Andreas and Wolfgang Linger are able to pull off this remarkable feat, they will also become the first ever Austrians to win three gold medals at three separate games.
Andreas is unapologetic in his desire for a third gold, refusing to take the usual elementary routine of claiming to be happy with a mere appearance at the games.
The big goal is to try to use our strengths and to minimise our weaknesses. We have fun at luge, which makes the whole thing much easier
The more intense of the siblings, who in their early thirties are older than most of the pack, it is clear that it is of the highest importance to him to fulfil their destiny.
“”All medals are shining very beautifully, but I think this one is especially shining the most,” he said of their goal.
Younger brother Wolfgang is more relaxed in front of the media, and can envisage the mountain they have to climb in terms of the tough track and competition.
“We are in a good mood. We have good interim times, but we made a mistake at the end of the track,” he said.
“The track is not easy, it has many crossovers, but it’s getting better and better.
“The big goal is to try to use our strengths and to minimise our weaknesses. We have fun at luge, which makes the whole thing much easier.”
The pair are priced as only fifth favourites at 16-1 at the minute, and will have to fend off 2013 world champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, who are red-hot favourites at 1-6.
It is the first appearance at the Winter Olympics for the Germans, both 26, after a sublime season.
“At doubles you have to be very synchronised, good communication is key. You have to get along with each other very well,” said Arlt.
“The track is really fun driving, very diverse. It will be very difficult to achieve a fast time. There are a lot of very challenging parts and we still have some problems at the start and definitely need to improve there.”
Partner Wendl has deflected any attention from them towards the home pair, Vladislav Yuzhakov and Vladimir Maknuin, who are long shots at 50-1.
“These are our first Olympics so we are pretty excited. But we don’t feel a lot of pressure, the pressure is on the Russians as this is their home track and their home Games,” he said.
The final event gets underway on Wednesday at 14:15 GMT at the Sanki Sliding Centre.
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