Thursday, February 19, 2009

Luge yourself in Muskegon

Muskegon Luge
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by Christopher Borrelli

"You know," my 15-year-old luge instructor tells me, to ease my nerves, "more people die in cheerleading than luge." I nod and lean back against the yellow sled, inching toward the gate, nothing but icy curves ahead, all pointing downhill. "It's true," she says. She's sunny and says she holds the record for the fastest time on this track. "No one ever died at luge. Not here."

I ask if she cheerleads, trying to make small talk—anything to avoid being shoved inevitably down that slope. "No," she says. Actually, they don't shove you. They don't push you, either. You launch yourself down the 850-foot track, from a starting point roughly two stories high, through your own stupid volition. Considering that the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex has one of the few publicly accessible luge tracks in the country—the most publicly accessible, they claim ...

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Lin said...

I would soooo do this! It looks like a hoot, doesn't it? Love luge in the Olympics.

Sharkbytes said...

Hi Lin- It's only an hour from me, but I haven't gotten there to do it yet. I really want to!

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