Canadian sponsor willing to pay $1 million for luge gold at Vancouver Olympic Games
Currently ranked seventh in the world, she was 20th at the 2006 Games in Turin.
Edney, 25, finished a career-best fifth to kick off this season and also posted a seventh-place finish. He was 12th in Whistler in the pre-Olympic test event last year and is ranked 15th in the world.
Gough said visions of mansions and fast cars won’t be dancing through her head at the start line.
We still have to go out there and do our job,” she said. It’s just about going out there and sliding and doing the best we can. If we can put it down and slide to our potential, we do have a shot. In the end, it’s really out of our hands.”
Edney said he’d love to grab the brass ring, but it’s still the lure of gold that is driving him.
All of us going into this Olympics are not thinking about this million dollars,” he said. We come in here to compete, represent our country, and go for the best results you can.
If that turns out to be a gold medal, what that is and what that is worth is more than what they (First Track) is offering. At the same time, that kind of support and push is unbelievable. It definitely lights something in each of us.”
Mike Moffat, who competes in the double luge with his brother Chris, said most athletes don’t have a retirement plan waiting for them.
“ We’ve never made money,” he said. “ We’ve been supported by our families.
It would be nice to get some financial security. Do I compete to win a million? No, not at all. It would be a nice bonus.”
Regan Lauscher of Red Deer, Alta., who is competing in her third Games, said she would use the money to replace her motorcycle that got stolen.
Moffat said the cash would be just one more thing he’d have to share with his brother.
“ We have shared rooms, shared beds,” Mike laughed. “Chris and I have shared everything in life. It only make sense to share the money.
“I might cash the cheque though, and withhold a little bit.”
Edney said he would donate some of his winnings to Right to Play. And after that?
“I’d buy some new skis to try and ski at Whistler,” he said.
The Canadian Olympic Committee has also promised a medals bonus, with $20,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze.
Fast Track Group is sponsoring the luge team to the tune of $1,002,014 over five years.
Alex Gough of Calgary competes during women’s World Cup luge in Calgary, Nov. 21, 2009. A Canadian luge gold medal will be worth $1 million, thanks to a team sponsor.