WATCH — Legendary luge run and Greta Thunberg in Lausanne

Story by CBC Kids News • 2020-01-18 02:55

Highlights from Day 8 of the Youth Olympic Games

On Day 8, the best teen lugers in the world began competition at the St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic bob run in Switzerland.

The bob run they are competing on for the Winter Youth Olympic Games boasts some ice-cold coolness, too.

It’s been around since 1904, making it the oldest and only natural ice track in the world.

Plus, a team of ice sculptors works around the clock for three weeks every year to build it.

Look out, snowman, it’s Yuki Ishikawa of Japan competing in women's singles luge during Day 8 of the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympics. (David Ramos/Getty Images)

But what in the world is luge?

Essentially, it’s very competitive tobogganing.

Athletes start at the top of the course on a sled and try to get to the bottom as quickly as possible.

Think you could do it? Maybe not, as athletes can reach speeds of 125 km/h.

To put that in perspective, that’s faster than a cheetah.

Don’t blink or you’ll miss Canadian luger Caitlin Nash who competed in luge on Friday. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

On Friday, Canadian luger Caitlin Nash just missed the podium.

The athlete from Whistler, B.C., finished fourth in the women's singles luge final.

Calgary's Kailey Allan placed seventh.

Medal dreams aren’t dashed yet, as Nash will be back to compete in the women’s double luge on Saturday with her teammate, Natalie Corless.

They have topped the podium before and look to be the ones to beat.

Climate celebrity in town

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg caused a bit of a disruption in Lausanne on Friday.

Her presence at a local Fridays for Future climate strike didn’t appear to impact the Games, aside from some changes to the transportation schedule due to traffic jams caused by the 10,000 or so protesters marching in the streets.

Greta was in Switzerland in advance of the meeting next week in Davos for the World Economic Forum, which is a gathering for world leaders.

“To the world leaders and those in power,” Greta said from the podium before the march started, “you have not seen the last of us.”

Demonstrators even sang Happy Birthday to mark the one-year anniversary of the climate strike movement.

Tweet from Greta Thunberg reads

Looking forward

Check back tomorrow for Day 9  highlights with CBC Kids News's Arjun Ram, who is covering the entire run of the Games. is also streaming the Games here.

On Day 9, medals will be handed out in tonnes of events, like 1000 metre short track speed skating, men and women’s cross country skiing, women’s slopestyle, men’s single luge and women’s double luge. Phew.

Plus, be on the lookout for Canada’s men’s hockey team taking on Russia in the 6-team tournament on Saturday.

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