Aya Yasuda Disqualified from Luge for Extra Weight
Aya Yasuda of Japan competes during the Luge Women's Singles training on day 2 of the 2010 Winter Olympics at Whistler Sliding Centre on February 13, 2010 in Whistler, Canada. (Getty Images)more pics »Aya Yasuda, a Japanese luger, has been disqualified from competing in the women's luge event at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics because she was carrying weights heavier than the legal limit. Lugers are allowed to carry some extra weights to help them go faster, but Yasuda's 29.2 pounds was more than the 28.8 pounds the athletes are allowed.
Aya Yasuda was disqualified from the luge contest (WashingtonPost.com)
According to the Washington Post, Yasuda was disqualified after she weighed in at the end of her first run. But her disappointment isn't likely to change the results of the competition too much: She finished second to last out of 29 lugers.
Yasuda has been competing in the event since 1992, with her best finish being 22nd at the FIL World Luge Championships in Nagano in 2004.
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