The World Financial Group-sponsored USA Luge team continued their visit in Germany with attendance at the second of three World Cup meets. Although the location changed to Winterberg, the racing did not let up over January 9 and 10, 2010.
In Nations Cup sliding among the men, WFG-adopted athlete Bengt Walden led all competitors with a time of 53.991 seconds. Also sliding among the men was Chris Mazdzer, placing 19th with a time of 54.668 seconds, which was only 0.677 seconds off Bengt. For the women, Megan Sweeney finished third with a time of 57.383 seconds, only 0.387 seconds off the leader. Also placing in the top ten was Julia Clukey, finishing 9th with a time of 57.873 seconds. Doubles racing featured WFG-adopted athletes Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin. They finished second with a time of 44.450 seconds, which was only 0.096 seconds off the leader.
World Cup racing the next day featured three men sliding for the USA. Tony Benshoof led the guys with a combined time of 1:48.767 seconds, good for 13th place. This was 1.166 seconds off the leader. Not far behind him was Chris Mazdzer, coming in 16th with a time of 1:49.216. And WFG-adopted athlete Bengt Walden finished in 29th with a time of 1:50.873.
The women of USA Luge did well, with current World Champion Erin Hamlin finishing third with a time of 1:53.329, just 0.15 seconds off the leader. Coming in 10th was Julia Clukey with her time of 1:54.591, and on her heels was Megan Sweeney, whose time of 1:54.629 earned her 11th place. This was Megan’s best World Cup showing yet. Congratulations!
In World Cup doubles sliding, WFG-adopted athletes Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin finished fourth with a combined time of 1:29.126, only 0.529 seconds off first place. And placing in the top ten was the team of Christian Niccum and Dan Joye, finishing 8th with a time of 1:29.517.
The trip to Winterberg ended with a relay competition, and USA Luge earned bronze medal status with a combined time of 2:26.663. Sliding were Erin, Bengt, Mark and Brian. Congratulations on your finish!
Our WFG-sponsored USA Luge team will compete in Oberhof, Germany over the MLK holiday weekend. And after a week break, the team will travel to Cesana, Italy for the final World Cup match of the season before the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Keep reading here for all the latest on these athletes in “the fastest sport on ice”.