Saschaآ Benecken and Toni Eggert of Germany takes a curve during the men's doubles luge final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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It is a niche sport in which two men lie, one on top of the other, in skin-tight uniforms and hurtle feet-first down an ice chute on a tiny sled.No wonder the doubles luge turned heads at the Pyeongchang Winter Games. Matthew Pinsent, the retired British rower who won four Olympic golds, was amazed by what he was seeing -- even though the luge is one of the oldest winter sports.Despite the reaction, this is top-level Olympic sport and livelihoods -- and lives -- are at stake.There is no women's doubles event at these Olympics -- something that did not go unnoticed by those watching the action in South Korea.Earlier this week at the Pyeongchang Olympics, American luger Emily Sweeney suffered a frightening crash that saw her bounce around the track.
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