Wednesday, April 17

Lost luge team affected the Beijing Olympics qualification system

BEIJING — You’ll have to forgive Jonny Gustafson if he hugged his sled tightly when he got here last week. The last time he flew through the Beijing airport, authorities seized 33 boxes of luger equipment in several different countries, including the box containing Gustafson’s sled.

He can laugh about it now. “It’s been an experience, for sure,” he says. But in late November, faced with the prospect of trying to qualify for the Olympics without his team, Gustafson tried not to panic.

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