Friday, February 19, 2010

Men's Doubles Luge

Before we get into the fashion of the men's doubles luge, I think we should first deal with the elephant in the room (internet): this sport is HILARIOUS.  Everything about it makes me laugh.  Mostly the fact that you have two people lying on top of each other, on top of a sled.  Won't the top person fly off if the bottom person is not holding them like their seatbealt?  Ha ha ha ha.  So because I got so distracted by the hilarity of the sport, I hopped on over to NBCOlympics.com to figure out what was actually going on.  Here is what they had to say:
Doubles luge is a one-day competition in which pairs of athletes take two runs down the course. The fastest total time determines the winner. There is no rule that says a doubles team must comprise members of the same sex, but traditionally, men have slid together, with the larger man positioned on top for a more aerodynamic fit.

Interesting...but back to the spandex.


Now this is embarrassing.  For other big events (the Oscars, Grammys, etc), great attention is paid to whether or not someone else has already worn the dress that the attendee is purchasing.  Clearly that same consideration is not given to spandex bodysuits during the Olympic Games.  On the left are the the Linger brothers of Austria and on the right Christian Niccum and Dan Joye from the United States.  I won't place blame either way, but someone did not do their homework because these are disturbingly similar...



I was unable to determine specifically who this athlete is, but this Storm Trooper look comes to us from Romania.  Where someone is obviously a big fan of Star Wars.




This happy dude hails from the Czech Republic.  I'm glad he's so chipper after coming in 18th.  Either way, his outfit ranks much higher.  I would probably have a similar look on my face if I were sporting this outfit.



Last up are the Sics brothers of Latvia (it seems that competing with your sibling makes you go faster- the Linger brothers and Sics brothers came in 1st and 2nd, respectively).  Those lines only lead the eyes to one place...






ALL PHOTOS: http://www.nbcolympics.com/photos/galleryid=425907.html#doubles+luge+runs

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