The four-run format of luge, in which athletes slide feet-first down the track, is unique to the Olympic Winter Games. It is designed to reward consistency, endurance and ability to withstand pressure, particularly on the second day.
Withstanding pressure better than just about anyone at the Salt Lake 2002 Games was Georg Hackl, who was attempting to become the first winter athlete to win four consecutive gold medals in the same individual event. He won silver — but clapped enthusiastically for men’s singles gold-medal winner Armin Zöggler of Italy. “This second place is where I belong,” said Hack.
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