Roger White is preparing for his fifth trip to the Winter Olympics – drawn once more to the high-risk luge, skeleton and bobsleigh, three of the most dangerous events in sport.
White remains the first and only Australian male to compete in the luge, at the 1994 Winter Games at Lillehammer in Norway. Since then he has covered three Winter Olympics as a commentator for Australian television networks in luge, bobsleigh and skeleton, the high-speed sliding sports.
At the 2010 Games, White will team up with Andrew Voss to call these three daredevil events for the Nine Network.
"I love the total package that is the sliding sports – the speed, the adrenalin, the skill required and the danger," White says. "There are few Olympic summer sports that present that sort of danger, mixed with speed and excitement.
"This year's commentary of the sliding sports will give viewers the best ever access to the action because we will be able to call the races from inside the track at Whistler."
White retired from luge racing in 1999 after seven seasons on the World Cup circuit and returned to his fulltime job as a journalist. He is currently the NSW state political editor for Fairfax Radio.
Whites wife, Tanya, is also a journalist and they have a seven-year-old son, Daemon, whom he would love to see take up luge – though he knows Tanya would hate the idea.
Roger agreed to retire from luge after Tanya watched these fearless athletes whizzing past her on their back at breakneck speed during the 1998 World Championships. At the time he was competing in Europe while on their honeymoon.