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72OLYMPIC REVIEW ARMIN ZOEGGELER TWO TIME OLYMPIC LUGE CHAMPION TATJANA HUEFNER OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALLIST IN TURIN With the Olympic Games one year away, how do you feel – physically and mentally – about your chances of a third gold medal? Who will be your biggest rivals? Thankfully, I'm in good form and I'm still really enjoying competing in luge. The Olympic Games is one of my goals, and it is only 11 months away. That said, I wouldn't want to pick out a particular rival; I have respect for all of the other lugers. You have to respect every one. If you were to write off someone, and forget about the rest of the competition, then it would be very difficult. Have you already raced on the Vancouver luge track? If so, what are your impressions? It's certainly a very difficult track, and very, very fast. I would even say it might be the fastest track in the world. We've already got up to 149km/ h on it. And it probably won't stop there. Surely we'll hit faster speeds once we get our racesuits on and really get going on it. You have raced for over 20 years and won almost everything there is to win in luge. What is the principle motivation for you to continue? I'll keep lugeing as long as I'm enjoying it. You are having another great season in the World Cup. Is it too early to be thinking about Vancouver? Right now, I'm taking it a step at a time because I want to focus fully on each race. This year my big goal is the World Championships in Lake Placid. Before the Olympic Games there is a long summer and a lot of work ahead of me. After this season I'll start considering what needs to be worked on because I wouldn't be serious if I wasn't thinking about Vancouver. But for me it's still a long way away. After your bronze medal win in 2006, and world titles in 2007 and 2008, you must be aiming for gold. How do you feel you have improved since Turin? I think I've become more stable in my runs, although I still have room for improvement. My starts and my position on the luge have improved. But even then I think I'm far from my full potential. Who will be your biggest rivals in Vancouver? Just getting past the German competition is hard enough. From an early age we have been used to competing against each other, and at a high level. But I can't underestimate the local challenge from Canada, and I can't ignore the Austrians, Americans or Ukrainians either. BelowHuefner and Zoeggeler will be aiming for gold in Vancouver SPORTS PROFILES