An American athlete pushes off at the start of the luge run. After an unfortunate accident which killed a Georgian luger, the men's start was moved to this location which was originally the women's starting position. The women, in turn, were moved even lower on the course. Despite the lower starting elevation, the final speeds of the athletes ended up being very close to the speeds during training from the original starting position. In the lower right you see a blue coated volunteer worker wearing a red armband. This armband, with the letters "FOP" allows the volunteer access to the Field of Play. Other volunteers without this armband would not be permitted track side.
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