Brotherly love provides cold comfort in doubles luge

Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:16pm EST
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By Martyn Herman

WHISTLER (Reuters) - Brotherly love will be in the air when the Olympic luge doubles takes place at Whistler's lightning fast track on Wednesday.

With memories of the training accident that killed Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili still fresh, Canadians Chris and Mike Moffat will seek reassurance from each other when they take on the curve that proved so deadly.

"With the adversity that we've had here this week Chris is the perfect person to be next to," 27-year-old Mike told reporters after a training run on Monday.

"We're like any brothers. We've done everything together. Yeah, we used to have tape line down the back seat of the car on family vacations, but Chris and I have always got on well.

"It's a perfect match and I couldn't ask for a better doubles partner."

Chris, 30, said the best thing about sliding with his kid brother was that they can let off steam when things go wrong.

"It's great because we can have brutal honesty with each other," Chris said. "If Mike screws up I tell Mike and if I screw up Mike's very blunt...but it's water off a duck's back.

"We get back on the next run and there's no ill-will toward each other. We are still brothers at the end of the day."   Continued...

<p>Canada's Chris (L) and Mike Moffat prepare to start a training run for the men's doubles luge event during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, February 15, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young</p>