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Matt Mortensen

Career Highlights:2008 Verizon U.S. National Championship silver medalists

DOB:12/11/1985

Hometown:Huntington Station, NY

Resides:Huntington Station, NY

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USA Luge coming to Plattsburgh Sept. 6 with Slider Search recruitment tour | Aug 20, 2014
On First Weekend national team comes to Plattsburgh looking for more medal winners   LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - After making stops in Queens, N.Y., Frederick, Md., Westmont, Ill., La Canada, Calif. and Utica, the USA Luge Slider Search rolls into Plattsburgh on Sept. 6 looking for more future Olympic medalists. The national organization, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., will host free recruitment clinics on Saturday evening, Sept. 6, on Bridge Street. Clinics will be held from 5-6:30 and 7-8:30. The wheeled luge clinics will be held in cooperation with the Plattsburgh Recreation Department and city officials during the city’s First Weekend celebration. Online registration is available at: www.usaluge.org/search “We appreciate the permission of the Plattsburgh City Council and the diligence of Steve Peters from the rec department to make this happen,” said USA Luge recruitment director Fred Zimny. “The kids always have lots of fun at our recruiting events, and their parents get a kick out of it, too. We hope to get lots of recruits and onlookers from the First Weekend event. And it’ll be a first for us as we bring in temporary lights for the two clinics.” The tour, incorporating sleds on wheels, is the same series that discovered Remsen, N.Y.’s Erin Hamlin in 1999 at the age of 12. The three-time Olympian and 2009 World Champion scored the first singles medal in USA Luge history in Sochi. Hamlin’s bronze medal was the fifth in team history. The recruitment clinic is for youngsters ages 10-13. Since the Slider Search was established in 1985, the sleds on wheels and portable ramp have traveled over 225,000 miles looking for youth that may one day climb the six-rung ladder to National Team status. From there, it’s on to the World Cup tour, the World Championships and ultimately, the Olympic Winter Games. In Plattsburgh athletes will be taught the basics of riding a luge sled, steering and stopping. Thereafter they will ride the sleds down a paved road, closed to traffic. A battery of fitness tests will conclude the sessions. In the fall, invitations will be extended to those youth who excelled in the clinics, and they will get an opportunity to try luge on ice this winter, at slower speeds, starting at the bottom of Lake Placid’s course at Mount Van Hoevenberg. They will be housed at the United States Olympic Committee’s Training Center, just a two minute walk from USA Luge headquarters in the two-time Olympic village. The top young athletes from the winter camps will be named to the 2015-2016 USA Luge Junior Development Team. Hamlin and Brian Martin followed this path to the Olympic podium. Martin, of Palo Alto, Calif., went on to win Olympic silver and bronze medals. Eight of the USA’s 10 Olympians in 2010 were found in this manner, while seven of 10 on the Sochi Olympic Team got their starts in the annual search on these wheeled sleds. The 90 minute clinics are free of charge. Each participant receives a souvenir tee shirt, courtesy of Pilot Chemical. Recommended attire is long pants and long-sleeved shirt (no baggy clothing). Mandatory helmets will be provided. The Slider Search is among the programs supported by the Citi Every Step of the Way® program which benefits the next generation of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and athletes of all ages in communities across the country.  The program supports U.S. Olympic, Paralympic and Community Programs that inspired Team Citi athletes, including Hamlin, on their journeys from ambition to achievement.  To learn more about the program, visit https://everystep.citi.com/ . U.S. Luge athletes have captured over 600 international medals since 1994. Included in that total are silver and bronze medals during the 1998 and 2002 Winter Games, bronze in the Sochi Winter Games, 26 World Cup victories, four overall World Cup doubles crowns, 18 Junior World Championship titles and 12 World Championship medals. For more information and to register, please log on to http://usaluge.org/search , or call 1-800-USA-LUGE extension 105.
Open House/Public Sliding in Lake Placid Aug. 15 | Aug 7, 2014
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The United States Luge Association, headquartered at 57 Church Street in Lake Placid, will open its doors to the public on Friday, Aug.15 from 10 AM to 2 PM. This will be a chance to learn more about the fastest sport on ice, and take a few brief rides in the team’s refrigerated training center. The USA Luge coaching staff, made up of Olympic, World Championship and World Cup medalists, will be available to assist visitors and share their knowledge of the sport. USA Luge won its’ fifth Olympic medal at the Sochi Winter Games. Erin Hamlin’s bronze medal was the team’s first in singles luge; the Americans won two doubles medals in 1998 and repeated the feat in 2002. In addition, Hamlin was the first female in U.S. luge history to stand on the Olympic podium. Donations are suggested and attendees will receive a USA Luge team pin.
Audio from today's conference call with Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin | Aug 6, 2014
Please click here for the complete media call with Erin.    
Saranac Soft Drinks Slider Search headed to Utica, NY with Erin Hamlin Aug. 16-17 | Jul 23, 2014
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - After making stops in Queens, N.Y., Frederick, Md., Westmont, Ill. and La Canada, Calif., the USA Luge Slider Search rolls into Erin Hamlin country looking for more future Olympic medalists. The national organization, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., will host recruitment clinics on Aug. 16-17 in the central New York city of Utica, in cooperation with city officials. The clinics will take place between Court and Columbia Streets. The Utica stop is made possible through the support of Saranac Soft Drinks. The tour, incorporating sleds on wheels, is the same series that discovered Hamlin in 1999 at the age of 12. The three-time Olympian, 2009 World Champion and Sochi bronze medalist will be on the coaching staff that weekend, sharing her knowledge and experiences with youngsters ages 10-13. “I'm excited that we are hosting another Slider Search in Utica,” said Hamlin, of nearby Remsen, N.Y. “It's the way I was introduced to the sport and with all the excitement around the Olympics in the area this year, I hope kids will come out and give it a try. Being relatively close to one of only two tracks in the United States makes it much easier to do the sport from this area. Hopefully people will take advantage of that. It's been great having so much support and encouragement from home. So to have the opportunity to get others involved is exciting. There's a lot of potential here.” Since the Slider Search was established in 1985, the sleds on wheels and portable ramp have traveled over 225,000 miles looking for youth that may one day climb the six-rung ladder to National Team status. From there, it’s on to the World Cup tour, the World Championships and ultimately, the Olympic Winter Games. In Utica athletes will be taught the basics of riding a luge sled, steering and stopping. Thereafter they will ride the sleds down a paved road, closed to traffic. A battery of fitness tests will conclude the sessions. In the fall, invitations will be extended to those youth who excelled in the clinics, and they will get an opportunity to try luge on ice this winter, at slower speeds, starting at the bottom of Lake Placid’s course at Mount Van Hoevenberg. They will be housed at the United States Olympic Committee’s Training Center, just a two minute walk from USA Luge headquarters in the two-time Olympic village. The top young athletes from the winter camps will be named to the 2015-2016 USA Luge Junior Development Team. Hamlin followed this path to the Olympic podium. Other USA Luge athletes have successfully marched to the Olympics via the Slider Search. They include Brian Martin, of Palo Alto, Calif., who went on to win Olympic silver and bronze medals. Eight of the USA’s 10 Olympians in 2010 were found in this manner, while seven of 10 on the Sochi Olympic Team got their starts in the annual search and on these wheeled sleds. The three hour clinics are held twice daily, free of charge. Each participant receives a souvenir tee shirt, courtesy of Pilot Chemical. Recommended attire is long pants and long-sleeved shirt (no baggy clothing). Mandatory helmets will be provided. The Slider Search is among the programs supported by the Citi Every Step of the Way® program which benefits the next generation of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and athletes of all ages in communities across the country.  The program supports U.S. Olympic, Paralympic and Community Programs that inspired Team Citi athletes, including Hamlin, on their journeys from ambition to achievement.  To learn more about the program, visit https://everystep.citi.com/ . U.S. Luge athletes have captured over 600 international medals since 1994. Included in that total are silver and bronze medals during the 1998 and 2002 Winter Games, bronze in the Sochi Winter Games, 26 World Cup victories, four overall World Cup doubles crowns, 18 Junior World Championship titles and 12 World Championship medals. For more information and to register, please log on to http://usaluge.org/search , or call 1-800-USA-LUGE extension 105.
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