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U.S. Luge Team Conducts Tests For Winter Olympics In San Diego

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U.S. Luge Team Conducts Tests For Winter Olympics In San Diego

Above: To prepare for the Winter Games, a luge world champion comes to San Diego to practice in a local wind tunnel facility.

Aired 8/20/13 on KPBS News.

To prepare for the Winter Games, a luge world champion comes to San Diego to practice in a local wind tunnel facility.

— Preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics, U.S. luge world champion Erin Hamlin came to San Diego to perform tests at the low-speed wind tunnel facility on Pacific Highway.

At the Winter Games, less than a second can determine the winner or loser.

Team coach Mark Grimette said it's like the Indy 500 on ice.

"Luge for a World Cup race is timed to— a tune is 50 to 60 seconds and the track is a mile long," Grimette said. "And the race can come down to one-thousandth of a second."

The U.S. luge team has been using the wind tunnel facility since the 1990s. Team members come once a year to refine their positioning and suits for the Winter Games.

The facility has been around 65 years and is owned by the San Diego Air and Space Museum.

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