Koenigssee, Germany is the home of one of the most challenging luge courses in the world. In fact, the course has a “legendary” aura among sliders. But the USA Luge team, proudly sponsored by World Financial Group, was more than up for the task. Over two days of racing on January 2 and 3, our sliding men and women sought to conquer the course and make it their own.
In men’s Nations Cup racing, WFG-adopted athlete Bengt Walden finished second in his race with a time of 47.435 seconds. This was a thousandth of a second off first place finisher Stefan Höhener (47.434 seconds) of Switzerland. Also sliding for our team was Chris Mazdzer. His time of 47.803 seconds earned him 13th place. For the US women, Julia Clukey finished in 5th place with a time of 47.813 seconds, only 0.252 seconds off first. Her teammate Megan Sweeney finished 16th with a time of 48.841 seconds. In the doubles Nations Cup race, WFG-adopted athletes Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin led all competitors with a time of 47.469 seconds!
World Cup racing featured three men’s USA Luge team members in competition. Tony Benshoof finished best among the men with a combined time of 1:35.141. His time was only 0.965 seconds from first, which earned him 13th place. Chris Mazdzer finished 21st with a time of 1:36.094 and WFG-adopted athlete Bengt Walden came in 30th, showing 1:36.553. For the women, current National Champion Erin Hamlin came in fifth with a time of 1:36.304, only 0.98 seconds off the leader. Not far behind her was Julia Clukey, finishing in seventh place with a time of 1:36.546. Megan Sweeney’s time of 1:37.672 earned her 17th place. In doubles competition, the US pair of Christian Niccum and Dan Joye finished in sixth place with a time of 1:35.258 seconds, which was only 0.762 seconds away from first. WFG-adopted athletes Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin finished 11th with a time of 1:35.622.
Winterberg, Germany will be the location of the next Nations and World Cup meet this coming weekend. Look for coverage on Universal Sports and here at wfgsports.com!