After a well deserved holiday break, the World Finanical Group sponsored USA Luge team was back on the course sliding for World Cup points.  This past weekend's race took place in Konigssee, Germany and featured one men's singles competitor, two female singles competitors and two doubles teams representing.  This particular track is a favorite in the luge community for its tightness, speed and overall ideal racing conditions.

On the men's slide, Bengt Walden finished in seventh place overall with 1:35.402.  This ties his previous personal best in individual competition.  On the doubles side of the competition, Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin finished eighth in their race.  Their combined time of 1.35.517 marks their third top ten finish in a row.  And not to be left out, teammates Christian Niccum and Dan Joye finished ninth with a time of 1:35.559 (wow, that's tight!).  Ladies sliders Erin Hamlin finished eleventh in her race with a 1:36.807 time and Ashley Walden finished fourteenth with a time of 1:37.034

Up next for the USA Luge team, sponsored by WFG, is Italy.  Racing will take place January 9-11 in Cesana Pariol.  Coverage will be provided by Universal Sports and www.universalsports.com.

Also, we at World Financial Group wish to extend our best wishes to USA Luge team member Toby Benshoof.  Toby underwent successful back surgery right after Christmas and will be back sliding later in the season.

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