The next event in the Viessmann Luge World Cup will take place this weekend in Sigulda, Latvia. Our US Luge team is ready and raring to go. And a familiar face will be returning this week to the track.
Courtney Zablocki, 2006 US Olympian, returns to the team after sitting out most of last year with injuries. Ironically, she'll be stepping in to fill teammate Kate Hansen's place, who is sidelined with injuries of her own.
It'll also be a strange coincidence of fourth place as well. Zablocki placed fourth in the 2006 Winter Olympic Luge competition, the best a US female athlete has done in Olympic history. Sliding alongside her will be last week's fourth place finisher Erin Hamlin. Each time Erin has slid, her performance just keeps improving. Let's hope that trend continues this weekend and througout the season.
On the men's side, Bengt Walden and Tony Benshoof look to improve their standings after last week's race in Austria. Current World Cup leader, Andi Langehan of Germany, has not fared very well in Latvia. We at WFG are rooting for these fine men as they participate in the fastest sport on ice.
Coverage can be found live and on demand at Universal Sports. See you on the track!