Taiwan’s Lien takes the hard road to Pyeongchang

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 08, 2018
By: Reuters, PYEONGCHANG, South Korea

Stories of sacrifice abound among Olympians, but Taiwanese luger Lien Te-an has quite literally taken the hard road to get to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

With little snow in his steamy homeland and no proper luge tracks to speak of, Lien speeds down mountain highways in Yilan County on a wheeled sled when not training on the ice abroad.

Reaching speeds of 105kph, it can be a white-knuckle ride for Lien, but also quite startling for car and truck drivers when the 23-year-old whizzes past them while lying supine on his sled.

“We take off the steels [blades] and put on the wheels and we can train everywhere in Taiwan,” he told reporters yesterday at the Pyeongchang Athletes’ Village.

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