ROC athlete finishes 39th in Olympics' luge contest with no regrets
By Joseph Yeh ,The China Post
February 11, 2014, 12:10 am TWN
Taiwanese athlete Lien Te-an (連德安) set his personal best record during the men's singles luge competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, Russia yesterday.
But the record was not good enough for him to win a title. The 19-year-old finished in 39th place, last place, in the men's singles luge category.
Individual competitions for men and women in the single sleigh were held over two days, with two runs per day. The four times were added together, with the fastest total time determining the winner.
Lien set a personal record at 54.528 seconds on his last run yesterday. He finished the four runs with a total record of three minutes and 48.091 seconds.
After finishing the race, Lien, who made his first Winter Olympic appearance, said on his Facebook page that he had done his best and has left with no regret.
"My first Winter Olympic game has concluded. I leave the competition with fond memories and no regret. This is just the beginning. I will soon begin preparing for the next Winter Olympic games to be held in four years," Lien said.
Other than Lien, two other athletes are representing Taiwan at the Winter Olympics, competing under the name of Chinese Taipei. This is the largest delegation Taiwan has ever sent to a Winter Olympics.
The other two athletes, Sung Ching-yang (宋青陽) and Mackenzie Blackburn, (呂明龍) -- a Taiwanese-Canadian -- will compete in speed skating and short track, respectively.
Sung is considered to have a good chance of winning a medal, as he claimed bronze in speed skating in the Winter Universiade in Italy last year.