Luge boarding in Bulgaria - Red Bull Lagernica 2012

Uploaded by redbull on 30.05.2012

I’m competing because it’s very interesting and so much fun.
I will do my best and hopefully I will finish among the first ones.
We were constructing luge boards with my cousin when we were still little children.
When I was a child, about 20 of us would gather and race in one of the small streets.
2cross, 3cross, 10cross, everyone at the same time - this is how we grew up - with luge boards.
The adrenaline and the feeling of sliding 2 cm above the asphalt is amazing. There is nothing like it.
I had a concussion and I was discharged from the hospital yesterday at 7 a.m. I came directly here for the qualifier.
The track is the same everywhere. Perhaps I’m most afraid of the start, because it’s the steepest part of the course.
The rest is much easier. Jumps are easy and the pace is not so fast, so I’m not that scared.
To be really fast, you need to accelerate at the start, you should not …ammm… you should race as straight as possible and make as little turns as possible.
You have to try not to slip and spin. That is it in general.
You must not be afraid. You have to control the luge board. The ball bearings are slipping on the concrete and it’s very easy to spin.
And if you spin, the others just fly past you. There’s no escape!
It was harder today than last year. Mainly due to a higher pace and bigger jumps. I think I managed well, solved a few technical problems and overtook everyone!
This year the special thing is that we didn’t use ordinary ball bearings but ball bearings which had a silicon top cover.
This made a better grip because last year the whole team dropped out due to the lack of grip.
The luge board was an incredible part of our childhood. In Bulgaria, everyone over 16 has tried riding it and I guess we’re the third generation.