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Ferlazzo selected in men's luge for PyeongChang 2018

16 January 2018

LUGE: Alex Ferlazzo is set to make his second Olympic appearance after being selected to compete in the men’s luge event at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Hailing from tropical North Queensland, Ferlazzo will look to improve on his Sochi 2014 result of 33rd place after four years of training and competing has moulded him into a more experienced athlete.

“I’m really excited to be selected in my second Olympic Winter Team,” Ferlazzo said.

“I have come a long way since Sochi and am truly honoured once again to put on the Australian Olympic uniform and represent my country.

“I was very young in Sochi and now have four more years of training and racing as an athlete under my belt. I’m looking to bring that experience to the track in February.

“I’ve come a long way from the sled I made and raced down hills at home in North Queensland, to my second Olympic Games.”

The 22-year-old will line up with the top 40 men in the world at the 2018 Games, looking to leave everything on the track as he represents the green and gold.

Chef de Mission, Ian Chesterman said Ferlazzo’s selection is another important milestone on the 2018 Team’s journey to the PyeongChang Games.

“It is great to have Alex continue the representation of Australia in Luge at these Games,” Chesterman said.

“His selection is reward for all his efforts that have taken him to the Youth Games in Innsbruck in 2012, the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 and now to PyeongChang.

“It’s a tough sport, and one with a long history at the Games starting back in 1964, so it’s a great credit to Alex that he has ensured Australian is once again represented in Luge at this level.

“He should feel very proud of becoming a two-time Olympian and we are delighted to have him in the 2018 Team.”

Ferlazzo had the opportunity to race on the South Korean Olympic track at the test event in February 2017 which saw him finish 24th.

“The Korean track is really special. It’s fast and one of the longest in the world. I’m really looking forward to getting back on that track and trying to secure my best Olympic result yet,” Ferlazzo said.

The slider from Townsville was first introduced to the sport of Luge in 2010, and a mere two years later the 16-year-old finished 19th at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.

Two years later and Ferlazzo, now 18, was on the start line of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, surrounded by much older, stronger and more experienced athletes. He was Australia’s fourth Luge Olympian and second man.

In December 2012, Ferlazzo made history by winning bronze in the Junior World Cup youth men's event in Norway, Australia's first Luge medal at this level.

Ferlazzo will be Australia’s only luge athlete and will take to the Olympic track at the Alpensia Sliding Centre on Day 1 and 2 of the Winter Olympics, on February 10th and 11th.

Ashleigh Knight

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