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Ferlazzo hungry for top 20 Olympic finish

10 February 2018

LUGE: Alex Ferlazzo has come out firing on day 1 of the men’s Olympic luge competition, laying down his fastest run on the PyeongChang 2018 track to head into day 2 in 22nd place.

In his second Olympic campaign, the 22-year-old was the 16th fastest sled in his opening run, in his fastest time on the South Korean track of 48.073.

Just 0.421 behind the leader, the Aussie looked elated after run 1, pumped up and enthused by the crowd.

“Run 1 was great. I had a really good start time that was up there with the best,” Ferlazzo said.

“Came across the line in 16th in my fastest run on this track which gave me a huge confidence to go up and lay down another good run. “

The Townsville-native then had an almost two-hour wait in freezing conditions which proved trying, as a confident Ferlazzo finished 26th in a time of 48.587.

“There was a really long wait time between runs, and it was colder than expected. I know the conditions now and I can adjust that for tomorrow.”

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Despite finishing a slower +0.962 in round two behind Felix Loch of Germany who took the top spot, Ferlazzo walked away from his second run determined to again emulate his opening run the following day.

“Run 2 definitely wasn’t as good but it’s given me that fire to push for a run 4 spot and to get on the start line for that final run,” Ferlazzo said on his goal of making it to the top 20 competitors.

“I’m sitting in 22nd so I know its achievable. I need to go out there tomorrow and pull out a best performance, get myself in that final run and I will be stoked.”

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Securing just a start in the fourth run of competition will make Ferlazzo Australia’s best ever men’s luge placer, and the youngster wants to use his previous Olympic experience to his advantage.

“I know what to do this time around and that’s a huge benefit,” Ferlazzo said on wanting to improve on his Sochi 2014 33rd place finish.

“I’m so excited to be back in Olympic competition and the support from Aussies both on the ground and back home in amazing.”

Ferlazzo will look ahead to the second day of competition on Day 2 (Sunday 10 February), where all 40 competitors will race in run 3 with the top 20 fastest athletes progressing to run 4.

Ashleigh Knight
olympics.com.au

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