Q&A SAM ED­NEY

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - SPORTS -

Sport: Luge

Home­town: Cal­gary

Birth­date: Dec. 8, 1991

Height/weight: 1.76 m/70 kg

Q You travel down the track at 120 km/h. Can you de­scribe the feel­ing for peo­ple who have never ex­pe­ri­enced it?

A 120 kilo­me­tres is slow now,

I’d say up about 135 is the av­er­age. But the feel­ing is tough to ex­plain, to ex­press. It’s a feel­ing of rush and exhilaration. Adrenalin flow­ing, the fuel flow­ing through you. I love the sound of the sled as it ac­cel­er­ates, as you feel your­self rise higher and higher on each cor­ner. The pres- sure and forces of each cor­ner, that’s some­thing that I think you can re­late to maybe if you’re driv­ing re­ally fast around an off-ramp or an on-ramp, to feel those forces push­ing on your body. One thing I think I can de­scribe is just the sound. It’s the sound of speed, but it’s also just this sort of quiet that is re­ally unique to when you have a good run, and it feels like ev­ery­thing is hap­pen­ing re­ally smooth and ef­fort­lessly.

Q It’s a risk-and-re­ward sport, which was driven home to Cana­dian fans by the death of No­dar Ku­mar­i­tashvili at the Van­cou­ver Olympics.

How do you process the dan­gers and set them aside while com­pet­ing?

A I feel like the sport has be­come quite no­to­ri­ous be­cause of that and be­cause of the crash in Van­cou­ver. The one thing I feel is that I’m ex­tremely con­fi­dent in my abil­i­ties and with the proc- ess that I’ve gone through to get to where I’m at. I re­spect the sport and I un­der­stand it is a rac­ing sport where we’re try­ing to find that edge con­stantly. But I also know that my abil­i­ties are among the best in the world. I know I can find that edge while still re­main­ing in com­plete con­trol. And I feel con­fi­dent that I’m in a sport that will take care of me.

No­table: Ed­ney was part of the best-ever Olympic per­for­mance by a Cana­dian luge team at Sochi 2014, fin­ish­ing fourth with Alex Gough, Tris­tan Walker and Justin Snith in the in­au­gu­ral team re­lay.

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