It’s on to the fourth event of this year’ Reindeer Games, and the fourth event will be an exciting one here at the North Pole. For the first time in the history of the Reindeer Games, our famous Great Eight will compete in the Luge!
The Luge is an exciting event in which each reindeer uses a very small sled, and races the sled as fast as the sled will go. The winner is the reindeer who goes the fastest! The Luge can be dangerous, but our reindeer have been practicing for months and months, and should be very safe during the races.
The word “Luge” is from a French word meaning “small coasting sled” and that’s exactly what we have here at the event. The very big reindeer will place themselves on a very small sled, and race as fast as they can down a special track. The special track is made of ice and snow on three sides, pretty much in the shape of a big “U”.
The special Luge track was built by the very resourceful Elves here at the North Pole, and it’s very big and very long and built down the side of a mountain. And our very good fans have crowded along side and are ready for the first round of racing!
Let’s head out to the race and our very famous host for the Reindeer Games, Jim McSnowflake. Take it away Jim!
“Thanks! I’m very excited to be here at the North Pole for the first Luge race in the Reindeer Games! Today all eight reindeer will race, the top four will move on to the semifinal round tomorrow. And then the next day will be the gold medal race!”
Up first is Donder. Donder is at the starting gate, and Donder is off! It’s out onto the track and down the mountainside. Donder is picking up speed and moving faster and faster. The top part of the track has many curves, left to right and right to left. And Donder is showing great skill getting through the curves.
It’s not easy to steer the sled, and the reindeer must hold on tight to the sled, while guiding the sled with just the right touch. And Donder is doing that very well. And now Donder is at the bottom part of the track and racing very fast. Past the finish line, and it’s a very good race for Donder, in just 24.3 seconds! That’s a very good time.
Next up is Prancer. Prancer is at the gate, and Prancer is off! Prancer is moving quickly through the curves and onto the middle part of the course. Prancer is doing very well. And it’s onto the straight-away and the bottom section! Prancer is moving well, and through the finish line is Prancer! A very good time for Prancer, that’s 24.2 seconds. Just a hair ahead of Donder.
Next up is Comet. Comet’s off! Comet’s racing through the curves and down the straight-away. Comet loves the Luge, and is moving very fast. Across the finish line, and it’s a very good time for Comet. Comet’s across the line in 24.1 seconds. Comet’s in first place! So far it’s Comet in first, Prancer in second and Donder is third. And next up is Dasher.
Dasher is ready to go, and Dasher is off! Dasher looks great heading through the curves and down the straight-away. Dasher zooms across the finish line in 24.1 seconds. That puts Dasher in first place along with Comet. We have a tie for first so far. Who will make it to the next round? Next up are Blitzen, and then Dancer, Vixen and Cupid. All the reindeer race well and put up good times. But only the top 4 can move to the next round. And that’s Dasher, Comet, Prancer and Donder. Those four are on to the next round of the Luge.
It’s been a very exciting first race for the Luge. Check back tomorrow to see the next round of the Luge at the Reindeer Games!