After some big crashes at the Vancouver Olympics some are debating whether courses should be about survival of the fittest or a showcase for grace, beauty, and the sheer joy of elite competition.
Germany has won every Olympics medal in women's luge this century. But their dynasty has come under pressure from US luger Erin Hamlin, who ended Germans' 99-win streak at World Championships last year.
Mild-mannered Canada? Think again. The host of the Vancouver Olympics has been on a five-year national drive to win the most medals.