USA Luge hosted an evening of racing at their fully
refrigerated luge start training complex on Aug. 20 during the WSLP USA Luge
Open Start Championships, presented by Lake Placid Craft Brewing. There were
competitions in five categories: 15 and under boys and girls, men and women age
16 and up, and experienced luge racers. The event included three hours of
coaching and training by the USA Luge team
members, who offered tips and explained the luge starting process. How cool is
that?! (pun intended)
After a few test slides, participants took one official
run, and the top three times in each group were awarded prizes. One of the
prizes was a set of airline tickets and USA Luge merchandise was also awarded.
The greatest part – the racer posting the fastest time of the day will compete
with the nation’s top luge athletes at the USA Luge National Start Championship
on Oct. 7.
The event was a fundraiser for this not-for-profit
organization, with a $20 entrance fee, and those who participated received a
USA Luge t-shirt, pin and a one-year membership in the organization. USA Luge
recruits, develops, trains and supports athletes to represent themselves and
the nation in World Cup, World Championship and Olympic competitions.
“The USA Luge Open Start Championship was a
success on a few levels. First, the event helped draw attention to our athletes
and the sport in the middle of the busy summer tourist season here in Lake
Placid. Second, it gave the public a chance to experience luge for themselves.
Finally, events like the Open Start Championships, along with support from
sponsors like World Financial
Group, help to fund our athletes and programs,” Gordy Sheer, Director of
Marketing and Sponsorship for USA Luge, noted about the event.
Also that day, Saranac Soft Drinks supported the USA Luge Slider Search
in Utica, N.Y. for kids between 11 and 14. At this free event, participants
could try the sport out on wheels, and received a t-shirt. Members of the USA
Luge Junior Development Team — Marissa Cornelius, Shannon Knapp, Katherine
Shelhamer and Hannah Miller — were on hand to help with the event.
Stay tuned to WFG Sports for more information about the USA Luge team.