Luger avoids disaster with dazzling move

Last updated 09:59 08/02/2014

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Disaster turned to dazzling in a matter of seconds for an Indian luger during a practice run in Sochi yesterday.

Shiva Keshavan, competing under the Olympic flag, came off the luge after losing control on a corner just 27 seconds into his practice run.

After hurtling down the slope close to 100km/h, Keshavan managed to flip back onto the luge and complete his run 9 seconds behind Germany's Felix Loch.

India has been suspended from the winter olympics for failing to comply with the Olympic charter, meaning all athletes are competing under the International Olympic Committee banner.

The luge is considered to be one of the most dangerous events at the winter games with riders reaching speeds of up to 140km/h. 

Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed during a practice run leading up to the Vancouver games in 2010.

First run for the men's singles luge begins 3.30am NZST.

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- Fairfax Media

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