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Posted by Furlong on Sunday, November 22, 2009 @ 05:01 PM (GMT+0800)

 

 

There is an incredible line-up of the world's best racers on the best hill at the biggest race of the year coming up next weekend. Let's take a look at who the top contenders will be.

Newton's Playground Defending Champion

Name: Nick Duffield
Age: 26
Nationality: Australia

International Contenders

Name: Yvon Labarthe
Age: 35
Nationality: Switzerland

Name: Abdil Mahdzan
Age: 27
Nationality: Malaysia

Name: Pete Eliot
Age: 35
Nationality: United Kingdom

Name: Will Stephenson
Age: 22
Nationality: United Kingdom

Name: Chris McBride
Age: 41
Nationality: United States

Name: Bill Smrtic
Age: 30+
Nationality: United States

Name: Andy Lally
Age: 30+
Nationality: United States

Name: Matthias Lang
Age: 36
Nationality: Germany

Name: Nick Duffield
Age: 26
Nationality: Australia

Notable Achievements:
Winner of the 2008 IGSA Newton's Playground. Many years ago, back in 2001, Nick was the #1 qualifier at the X-Games in Philadelphia, PA, USA; Red Bull DHX in Cape Town, South Africa; and Red Bull Down Rio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Name: Yvon Labarthe
Age: 35
Nationality: Switzerland

Notable Achievements:
Currently #1 in the IGSA street luge world rankings. Consistent podium finish throughout the years. Yvon was also the 2002 IGSA Downhill Skateboard World Champion at Hot Heels, Kaunnertal, Austria.

Name: Abdil Mahdzan
Age: 27
Nationality: Malaysia

Notable Achievements:
First Asian to win an IGSA World Cup (classic luge) at the 2008 IGSA Newton's Playground. Finished 3rd in street luge in Australia 2008. Finished 2nd in street luge in Italy 2009. Ended the 2008 season with a #5 IGSA street luge world ranking.

Name: Pete Eliot
Age: 35
Nationality: United Kingdom

Notable Achievements:
Currently #2 in the IGSA street luge world rankings. Pete was also the 2002 IGSA World Cup Series Champion. Considered the #1 rider in the UK.

Name: Will Stephenson
Age: 22
Nationality: United Kingdom

Notable Achievements:
Currently #3 in the IGSA street luge world rankings. Winner of the 2009 IGSA Malarrara Pro Teutonia race in Teutonia, Brazil. Considered the #2 rider in the UK, but is capable of beating Pete Eliot.

Name: Chris McBride
Age: 41
Nationality: United States

Notable Achievements:
Holds the official IGSA World Speed Record at Teutonia, Brazil at 80.7 mph (129.12 km/h).

Name: Bill Smrtic
Age: 30+
Nationality: United States

Notable Achievements:
Consistent podium finish during his active years. Bill finished the 2003 season with a #2 IGSA street luge world ranking.

Name: Andy Lally
Age: 30+
Nationality: United States

Notable Achievements:
Andy Lally is a professional race car driver who does it for a living, and has won many car races. Andy has won many street luge races in the USA in the past, and despite a 5-year hiatus of not racing street luge (due to his car racing contracts), he has proven that he can still kick ass today. His most recent street luge victories were at the 2009 IGSA Maryhill Festival of Speed at Goldendale, Washington, and the 2009 IGSA US Nationals at Bonelli, California.

Name: Matthias Lang
Age: 36
Nationality: Germany

Notable Achievements:
Two time Maryhill champion. In 2008, Maryhill was awarded World Championship status, so Matthias is the 2008 IGSA Street Luge World Champion.