Luge Canada

Alex Gough Takes First Runs on 2014 Olympic Track

Alex Gough was one of 21 luge athletes that took first runs on the Sochi track to officially homologate the 2014 Olympic Winter Games track. Athletes, coaches and technical officials were in Sochi, Russia, March 5-9, to participate in the homologation of the track — the venue for bobsleigh, luge and skeleton competitions during the 2014 Games.

"Homologation was an unforgettable experience," said Gough. "I enjoy the track because of its different unique sliding rhythm. I look forward my preparations for 2014."

The homologation of the Sliding Centre is a joint project by the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT), the International Luge Federation (FIL) and the Sochi Organizing Committee for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to ensure a technical inspection and evaluation of the track.

The five days of testing and evaluation at the Sliding Centre will ensure the FIBT, FIL and Organizing Committee have the opportunity to:

Inspect track construction
-Test venue safety
-Ensure track’s technical dimensions are compliant with FIBT/FIL regulations
-Receive feedback for modifications/improvements as required
-Provide forum for international sliding athletes, technical delegates and additional identified experts to offer feedback to track operators
-Conduct operational/situational testing for the Sliding Centre staff/volunteers

Both the FIBT and FIL will have a number of technical experts on-site to participate in the homologation process over the coming days.