The USA Luge team, sponsored by World Financial Group (WFG) participated in the penultimate meet on Feb. 12-13 in Paramonovo, Russia. Where would each team member end up in the standings?
In the Nations Cup race, 2009 World Champion Erin Hamlin finished first with a one slide time of 47.190 seconds. Two other US women placed in the top ten: Julia Clukey’s time of 47.680 earned her sixth place and World Financial Group (WFG)-adopted athlete Ashley Walden came in seventh with a time of 47.825. In the women’s World Cup race, the teammates all finished in the top 15. Leading the USA Luge women was Erin with a two-race combined time of 1:35.010, putting her in 13th place. Immediately behind her was Ashley, coming in 14th with a time of 1:35.084. And on Ashley’s heels was Julia, who came in 15th with a time of 1:35.493.
The Nations and World Cup doubles matches featured one USA Luge team. Matthew Mortensen and Preston Griffall finished in the top ten in the Nations Cup race with a sixth place finish of 50.152 seconds. In the World Cup, they finished 12th with a two-race combined time of 1:35.490.
For the men, two USA Luge team members competed in both the Nations Cup and World Cup. In the Nations cup slide, Chris Mazdzer finished 9th with a time of 51.223. World Financial Group (WFG)-adopted athlete Bengt Walden finished 11th with a time of 51.782. In World Cup sliding, Chris came in 18th with a two-race time of 1:44.402. Bengt rounded out the top 20 with a time of 1:44.624 for 20th.
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