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Helping Team USA go

Watervliet firm helping U.S. luge team with gear

Olympic medalist Gordy Sheer, left, and Saint-Gobain Abrasives North America Vice President Brad Johnson discuss how locally made sandpaper will help improve luge performance in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games.
Olympic medalist Gordy Sheer, left, and Saint-Gobain Abrasives North America Vice President Brad Johnson discuss how locally made sandpaper will help improve luge performance in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games.
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It’s not that 1998 Olympic medalist Gordy Sheer believed the Austrians were sabotaging his steel. But Austria is one of Team USA’s toughest competitors in the Olympic sport of luge, and up until a few years ago they supplied us with the steel used in the runners that guide a luge down a track. “We feel a lot better now, is how I would put it,” said Sheer, of himself and his fellow luge athletes. ...


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