Matt Mortensen (top) and Preston Griffall of the U.S. crashed during a training run before the doubles competition at the Viessmann Luge World Cup on Feb. 19 in Whistler, B.C. Mortensen, then 23, of Huntington Station, N.Y., and Griffall, 24, of Salt Lake City, lost control of their sled, which flipped and sent them sliding down the ice. They also crashed in the Viessmann event. The two lugers hope to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February.
"THE SLEDS FLY BY AT OVER 90 MPH, SO YOU NEED TO REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO THE SOUNDS. WHEN I HEARD THE SCRAPING OF METAL ON THE ICE AND THE BANGING OF THE SLED OFF THE WALLS OF THE TRACK, I KNEW THAT SOMEONE HAD FLIPPED, AND I TIMED MY SHOT AS THEY PASSED THROUGH THE CURVE."