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Why don't Samoa and Tonga enter the luge contest?

Old 20th Feb 2022, 14:39
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Why don't Samoa and Tonga enter the luge contest?

I mean they're generally rather large people and let's be honest, the only part that personal speed plays in the luge is to be the first person in the Olympic Village to get to the cafeteria so you can get the best shaped tin tray out of the oven. After that it's all just gravity . . .
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Old 20th Feb 2022, 17:41
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Doesn't aerodynamics come into it?
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Old 20th Feb 2022, 18:01
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good point - I hadn't considered that

In fairness though they might develop some profile drag, but not much skin friction drag
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Old 20th Feb 2022, 19:06
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In the same vein, Iíve often wondered why Pacific Islanders (or Sumo wrestlers) are not drafted as ice hockey goalies.


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Old 20th Feb 2022, 19:14
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Indeed, 4ft x 6ft would be a nice snug fit, with no room for the puck to slide through.

But on balance, Iíd rather watch them compete on skates in the ice dancing. Wouldnít that be quite the spectacle.
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 08:00
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I spent some time in Samoa and the locals were extremely pleasant but bloody enormous. They appeared to measure 6 feet x 6 feet due to their heavy carb diet.

The men were even bigger.
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In the late '60s, I found the Tonalees and Fijian ladies to be very attractive in an Amasonian way.
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Only the Chinese would have enough interest (PacificHarbour facilities )and money to put into a huge luge facility in these countries. I guess there is a slippery alternative to ice for the tropics.?
The aerodynamics would need to be looked at.
Size, weight, velocity, mass! and structural integrity of a 4 person bobsled…seriously difficult.
Are there any people in these hot climes even interested in mucking about in the cold?
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 12:13
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I believe that once encased in their aerodynamic skin suits and helmets extra girth isn't an issue when aboard their chosen type of sled. Explosive power is needed to launch, rugby and bodybuilding types are suited to this part. A friend of mine had a boyfriend who did this for GB in the 90's, but I'm not sure he was so talented at steering as on looking I can't find his mane on GB victories of yore.

The Samoans are very big, very strong, but blubbery in general. Lovely people and placid up to a point, then you had to be quicker! I guess if some of the young guns from the Samoan Rugby squad put their mind to it they could translate their power into medals given a few years training.
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 12:54
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Forr luge they'd have a problem steering because you have to be able to peer over your stomach to see where you're going. More suited to skeleton I think, going down head first.
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 13:40
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But would the area rule not apply ? The twin seat Hunter's and Lightnings were faster than the single seat designs IIRC.

Apologies for the aviation content.
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 15:34
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HOW DARE YOU!!!

You are, of course, correct. The extra mass would be beneficial up to a point and thereafter a disadvantage. Perhaps they can do a Sumo-class luge event where the contestants can push the limits of centrifugal force and the human body.
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 15:34
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This is why:
"Crew weight shouldnít be more than 630 kilograms (4 man crew), 390 kilograms (2 man crew) and 340 kilograms (two women crew). These weights include the crew, runners and other equipment. This rule came about because the early days of the sport were dominated by heavy crews with increased speeds."
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 18:02
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The reason Polynesians can't enter the luge,
Is simply because ... they are too huge.
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Old 21st Feb 2022, 19:41
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And there we have it, 'The Huge Luge' event ;-)
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Old 22nd Feb 2022, 08:06
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There is the g issue to consider. Some of the corners are taken at 4g. The compression would create a compensating spread and well, you know how a cork works.
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