For the third week in a row, and the last time this season, the World Financial Group-sponsored USA Luge team competed in Germany from Jan. 22-23.  The city of Altenberg played host. 

Overall, the USA Luge team had their best showing in the relay race.  The team of Erin Hamlin, Chris Mazdzer, Christian Niccum and Jayson Terdiman finished with a time of 2:27.428.  The finish was only 2.212 seconds from the lead team and earned them sixth place.

Four members of the men’s team competed in the Nations Cup race.  WFG-adopted athlete Bengt Walden led the USA Luge team with a onetime slide of 56.539 seconds.  This was good enough for 11th place.  Chris Mazdzer followed close behind with a time of 56.663 for 13th place.  Joe Mortensen also finished in the top 20 with a time of 57.388, good enough for 19th place.  Sadly, Trent Matheson’s time of 1:35.081 did not qualify him for the World Cup race in Altenberg.  In World Cup racing, Bengt finished best among the men with a combined time of 1:52.529.  Although this placed him 23rd, it was only 1.804 seconds off the leader.  Also sliding were Chris (1:52.618 for 24th place) and Joe (1:54.964 for 30th)

Only one woman competed in the Nations Cup race.  2009 World Champion Erin Hamlin finished well with a time 54.425, which earned her 5th place and just a mere 0.301 off the leader.  Joining Erin in the World Cup were Julia Clukey (1:48.668 for 15th); Erin (1:49.381 for 19th) and WFG-adopted athlete Ashley Walden (1:49.461 for 21st).

Two doubles teams competed in the World Cup contest.  Christian and Jayson finished in 8th place with a time of 1:24.851.  Matthew Mortensen and Preston Griffall also did well, finishing 16th with a time of 1:26.217.USA Luge bids farewell to Germany for another season. 

Up next will be the 42nd Federation International de Luge World Champions in Cesana, Italy starting on January 29.  Keep reading for all the latest on “the fastest sport on ice” and the World Financial Group USA Luge team.

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