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Daredevils compete in horn sledging race

Monday, January 07, 2013 - 01:18

Jan. 07 - Around 90 teams take part in the 44th annual Bavarian Sled Racing Championship in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Elly Park reports.

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Germans in the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen have done this for decades. The game is called hornschlitten, or horn sledging, which in North America is known as sledding. The name of the competition comes from the shape of the sledge, modeled after the horn of a mountain goat. Daredevils in teams of four speed down the one kilometer, or 0.6 mile track. This year 90 teams registered for the annual championship which started out as a local tradition. Peter Strodl was here from the very beginning. SOUNDBITE: Peter Strodl, Chairman Garmisch-Partenkirchen Horn Sledging Association, saying (German) "Horn sledging has existed for 44 years. We invented horn sledging and over the years the numbers Increased from five to 90 competitors. We never thought that a little club like ours would be able to do anything like that." While no match for the bobsleigh, the horn sledge can reach speeds of 90 kilometers, or 56 miles per hour. But unfortunately this year nobody beat the record of 85 seconds with the men's winning team clocking a time of 98.

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Daredevils compete in horn sledging race

Monday, January 07, 2013 - 01:18