We're happy to report that the Junior World Cup in Luge has been completed in Cesana, Italy. And US team members have medaled in various events. Emily Sweeney, of Suffield, CT, slid to a bronze medal. The USA Luge junior team composing of Trent Matheson, Kate Hanson, Jacob Hyrns and Andrew Sherk earned a collective silver medal.
Emily's overall time of 2:10.28 last Friday was enough to earn third place. The first and second place finishers, from Russia and Italy, boasted times better by less than two seconds. This is Emily's second bronze medal in her second year of international competition. Congratulations, Emily!
The next day, the team event took place. Teams from each country composed of one men's luger, one women's luger and one doubles team. While Trent slid to a 52.976 second race, Kate finished the course in 53.201 seconds. Doubles competition, however, was suspended due to a crash by the Italian team. This allowed the US Luge team to win the silver behind Germany. Way to go, team!
And the Luge season has only started. In fact, World Cup racing will take place this weekend from Igls, Austria. And coverage will be available free online coutesy Universal Sports. If you are unable to tune into Universal Sports, click the link for instructions on how to watch online.