VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The luge doubles teams held a news conference in Whistler today but I couldn’t make it up the mountain because I had too much to write in the city.
Here’s the highlights from the Bay Area two lugers.
First, Dan Joye, who I profile in Friday’s Mercury News: www.mercurynews.com/olympics
You can kind of say we are like brothers as a family because we hang out lot, we’re roommates a lot, spend a lot of time training together. But other than that, we’re pretty much just friends and that really transfers onto the track. We’re great communicators, we’ve learned off of each other and we both have the strive to do the best we can down the luge track.”
More Joye: “I lived in Venezuela when I was 1, moved to Dominican Republic when I was 2, moved to America when I was about 3 and a half. I grew up in New York. My dad was very adventurous, he’s a hunter, fisherman. I grew up fishing, hunting. Then when I was about 10, 13, I was 15, I became the youngest paraglider in America licensed. I was very excited. I traveled to France as well to do paragliding and do luge at the same time, during the winter. Now that I’m an Olympian, I also look forward to hopefully live in Alaska someday, living with my brother, be an IT guy. There’s a lot going on for me.”
Four-time Olympian Brian Martin of Palo Alto, whom I will feature in the paper before he competes Feb. 17, was asked if his sport invovles intutition:
“Yes it is intuitive and no it isn’t at the same time. When you’re going down the track, yeah, it’s auto-pilot. You want to get to the point where every reaction is automatic and you don’t even have to think about. But that being said, no two runs are the same so you always have to be adapted and thinking about what’s happening and thinking what he’s going to be doing in that situation and making so you’re pulling on the same end of the rope, so it’s kind of both.”
He also was asked about where he keeps his two Olympic medals:
“Both of them live on the coffee table at my mom’s house. I figured, you hear about people putting them away in safety deposit boxes and stuff like that. You never get to see it then. All my friends when they come over to the house usually make a pass by there, check it out. I think that’s fun to have them out and on display. Certainly, I’m hoping that I can just shove them a little bit to the side and put up a gold one next to them.”