Olympians slide with heavy hearts

Tony Benshoof of the United States speeds down the course during a men's singles luge training run at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Krupa)

February 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Someone had to be first, and it was Tony Benshoof. Overlooking a labyrinth that claimed the life of one of his competitors a day earlier, Benshoof, the top U.S. medal hope in men's luge, drew a breath of mountain air, secured the visor over his face and dropped down this elevator shaft of ice not knowing what to expect.