BANANI DID PROUD FOR TONGA AT SOCHI 2014
There were 39 lugers for the starting list according their respective pip number and Bruno was pip number 30. Each luger had two runs for the evening and ranked afterwards.
In his very first run and competition, Bruno ran a time of 53.656 which ranked him 31st overall. In his second run for the evening, Bruno’s time was slower and clocked a time of 53.985 and ranked him 34th overall.
Luge is an event dominated by the Europeans especially the Russians, Austrians, Germans, Swedes, Norwegians and other countries from former Soviet Union such as Latvia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Lithuania and similar. There was also a luger from Australia as far as our Oceania region and he ranked 29th overall after his first two runs.
Bruno was well supported by the crowd, especially the Russians who cheered for him and also a handful of Tongan supporters including Mathias Ihle, Team Chef de Mission; Isabel Barschinski, Coach as well as Lady Robyn Tu’ivakano, President of TASA; Takitoa Taumoepeau, Secretary General; Willy Bogner, Olympic Attaché for Team Tonga and sponsor of the team; Louise Waterhouse, Tonga’s Consul General to Australia and her husband, Guenther; Leafa Wawryk, Team Admin Personnel; Manu Mataele, member of Tonga Luge Committee; Daniel Beniston, Tonga’s ATR and Atela Semi, Bruno’s sister who made it safely to Sochi.
Unfortunately, Ngalu Fusimalohi could not make it to Bruno’s competition as he was having some breathing problem and had to be taken to the hospital as precautionary measure. He is also recovering well and should be released in the next few days.