Another American, Preston Griffall, who will compete in the doubles competition, which begins Wednesday night, said most doubles lugers understand that they are an obvious target for jokes. “We’re two dudes, laying on top of each other in spandex,” he said. “Of course people are going to make fun of it.” But, Griffall added, “In sports, what we’re doing is a completely different issue than what they’re talking about. We’re competing here. I’m not going to look too deeply into it.”
The video, which has been seen several million times on YouTube, shows two athletes wearing black bodysuits and red helmets, rocking back and forth in the typical doubles luge start routine. The video has slowed down the movement, however, so it looks like the athletes are softly swaying; it also shows close-ups of one athlete gripping the sled’s handle and another of one athlete’s midsection, all while the 1980s pop hit “Don’t You Want Me” is played.