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SEPT 19 6 PM ET START COMPETITION LIVE LINK AND RACE RULES | Sep 19, 2014
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Clukey, Mazdzer, Krewson/Jeskanen win USA Luge Indoor Start Championships | Sep 19, 2014
Clukey wins for the 7 th time as races decided by thousandths of seconds LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Vancouver Olympian Julia Clukey won a team high seventh USA Luge Indoor Start Championship Friday night in Lake Placid, while two-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer rallied in the final heat to overturn Sochi teammate Aidan Kelly for the men’s title. Justin Krewson and Tristan Jeskanen held on to their first run lead in doubles and defeated Sochi Olympians Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman. The races were held on the national team’s artificially refrigerated training ramps. In the opening leg, each athlete used the traditional start. In the final run, the luge racers had to execute a reaction start using a gate. This made its Olympic debut in Sochi for the inaugural team relay. Clukey, of Augusta, Maine, added to her reputation as one of the best starters in the world. The 2010 Olympian recorded times of 1.435 and 1.651 seconds for a total of 3.086 seconds. She defeated 2013 Junior World Champion Emily Sweeney, of Suffield, Conn. Sweeney, who was a strong candidate for the 2010 and 2014 Olympic teams, was right behind in 3.092. “The first start was fairly decent, but the reaction start gets me,” said Clukey. “I never train for it because we don’t use it in World Cup racing. I focus on the regular starts, but winning the seventh feels pretty good. I feel ready for the season and excited to get on the ice in a few weeks.” Sochi Olympian and 2012 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Summer Britcher, of Glen Rock, Pa., placed third in 3.122. Raychel Germaine, of Roswell, Ga. took fourth. Mazdzer, meanwhile, used his experience in the reaction start to overcome Aidan Kelly’s strong opening heat. Mazdzer, of Saranac Lake, N.Y., spotted his teammate 0.02 of a second in the traditional start, before overtaking Kelly for the victory, by about 0.01 of a second. “This competition comes down to the reaction start,” stated Mazdzer. “I practiced it diligently yesterday. That’s where I had my advantage. “I’ve done this (reaction start) more than Aidan has, more specifically, in a race type situation. I knew he’d be fast in the first heat. He’s been killing it all summer.” Kelly’s first run time was a men’s USA Luge indoor start record. The winner clocked times of 1.375 and 1.467 for a total of 2.842. Kelly posted 2.851, with Riley Stohr, of Whitehall, Mich., next in 2.954. Joe Mortensen, of Huntington Station, N.Y. placed fourth. Krewson and Jeskanen, rising juniors who were part of a silver medal winning effort last January in the team relay at the Junior World Championships, took a 0.04 head at the mid-point. Mortensen, of Huntington Station, N.Y., and Terdiman, of Berwick, Pa., closed quickly and cut into the advantage, but fell 0.01 of a second short. “This is a result of lots of hard work the past few months, and stretching,” said Jeskanen, of Peru, N.Y. “It definitely shows it here. We’re improving a lot. I’m happy to see that for the future.” Krewson and Jeskanen had single heats of 1.386 and 1.669 for an aggregate of 3.055. Mortensen and Terdiman registered 3.063. In all, six recent United States Olympians were in action. Erin Hamlin, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist and 2009 World Champion from Remsen, N.Y., did not compete. Neither did Tucker West, of Ridgefield, Conn., the winner of the last three start championships. West, who also raced in Sochi, is nursing a wrist injury. Upon completion of this event, a number of national team athletes are now eyeing Lillehammer, Norway for the first full-length, on ice sliding of the fall season. That camp will be held from Oct. 1-12 on the 1994 Olympic track. Thereafter, the team will begin training on the demanding course at Mount Van Hoevenberg, outside Lake Placid, when it opens in mid-October. The layout is the site of a World Cup meet Dec. 5-6 which will bring many of the international stars of the Sochi Winter Games to Lake Placid. The Norton National Championships will be held Nov. 1-2 in Lake Placid.
US athletes test their mettle on iced start ramps as season approaches | Sep 12, 2014
Eight Olympians will hit the ice at team headquarters on Sept. 19 in a dash for cash LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – No less than eight United States Olympic luge team members will be in action on Friday, Sept. 19, in the USA Luge Start Championship. The team’s annual on-ice competition will be held on the refrigerated training ramps at team headquarters. The event, to be held at 57 Church Street in Lake Placid, tests luge racers in the all-important explosion off the start handles which begins all luge races. Cash prizes will be at stake. Start time is 6 PM. “The athletes spend the summer months getting physically stronger at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, and getting faster on our ramps,” said USA Luge Sport Program Director Mark Grimmette. “This event gives them and the coaching staff a gauge as to where they are in their pre-season preparation.” Sochi Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin, of Remsen, N.Y., leads the contingent. Hamlin, a three-time Olympian and 2009 World Champion, will be challenged in a deep women’s division by 2014 Sochi teammate and 2012 Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Summer Britcher, of Glen Rock, Pa. and 2010 Olympian and World Cup silver medal winner Julia Clukey, of Augusta, Maine. Clukey, one of the most dominant starters in luge racing, is looking for her third consecutive victory in this fall race and seventh of her career. Emily Sweeney is also expected to contend. The Suffield, Conn. luge racer, the 2013 Junior World Champion, was in the mix to qualify for the Vancouver and Sochi Olympic teams. Sweeney recently returned from an international start event in Meransen, Italy where she was runner-up to Aileen Frisch of Germany. February’s social media sensation Kate Hansen, of La Canada, Calif., the 2008 Junior World Champion, will not compete. Hansen, who also won the World Cup event last January in Sigulda, Latvia, is taking the year off to continue full-time studies at BYU. Chris Mazdzer, of Saranac Lake, N.Y., a member of the 2010 and 2014 Olympic squads, leads the men’s bracket. Mazdzer scored a pair of World Cup silver medals in 2013-2014 en route to finishing fifth in the overall season standings. He will face a stiff challenge from fellow Sochi Olympian Tucker West, of Ridgefield, Conn. West also won a gold medal at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games, and was the youngest U.S. male Olympian in luge when he qualified for Sochi at the age of 18. West, who attends Union College, has won this start championship the past three years. Aidan Kelly, of West Islip, N.Y., another 2014 Olympian, will provide competition for both West and Mazdzer, as will Joe Mortensen, of Huntington Station, N.Y. In doubles, Sochi athletes Matt Mortensen (Joe’s brother), of Huntington Station, N.Y., and Jayson Terdiman, of Berwick, Pa., who raced on different sleds until last spring, are teaming for their first start race. They became a team in March, taking second and first in a pair of seeding races. In addition, a number of rising juniors will test themselves against their older and more seasoned teammates. Riley Stohr, 18, of Whitehall, Mich., had a productive Junior World Cup season that saw him reel off four consecutive podium results. Raychel Germaine, of Roswell, Ga., is the defending Norton Junior National Champion. The 19 year old also contributed to a silver medal in a Junior World Cup team relay last winter in Oberhof, Germany. The doubles team of Justin Krewson and Tristan Jeskanen are ready for the challenge of racing up in class. Krewson, of Eastport, N.Y., and Jeskanen, of Peru, N.Y., anchored a silver medal-winning team relay effort at the 2014 Junior World Championships in Igls, Austria last January. Upon completion of this event, a number of national team athletes will start eyeing Lillehammer, Norway for the first full-length, on ice sliding of the fall season. That camp will be held from Oct. 1-12 on the 1994 Olympic track. Thereafter, the team will begin training on the demanding course at Mount Van Hoevenberg, outside Lake Placid, when the course opens in mid-October. The layout is the site of a World Cup meet Dec. 5-6 which will bring many of the international stars of the Sochi Winter Games to Lake Placid. The Norton National Championships will be held Nov. 1-2 in Lake Placid.
Team Worldwide Extends USA Luge Sponsorship Through 2018 | Aug 26, 2014
WINNSBORO, Texas — Team Worldwide has extended its USA Luge sponsorship contract through 2018. In making the announcement Tuesday, the global forwarder will continue its role as the official cargo carrier for the USA Luge team for the next four years of competition and to PyeongChang, South Korea, which has been elected host city of the XXIII Winter Games. Upon advisement of the continued partnership, USA Luge Executive Director Jim Leahy commented, “Thanks to the entire Team Worldwide ownership group. Your partnership with USA Luge puts us in a great position to insure the success of our athletes over the next four years.” Speaking from experience, Mark Grimmette, USA Luge Sport Program Director and Olympic silver and bronze medalist, added, “As we move around the world for luge competitions, travel logistics can get somewhat interesting. It is nice to know that with Team Worldwide moving our gear, not only will the equipment and luggage arrive as scheduled, but there are times when our cargo actually beats us to the destination. Team Worldwide gives us peace of mind.” Team Worldwide CEO Jason Brunson said, “We are proud to continue to support the USA Luge organization and its athletes through the next Winter Games - here is to great ‘runs’, both for the athletes and for our continued partnership.” For over 16 years, luge athletes, exceptional young men and women, have relied on the cargo logistics and personal interest from Team Worldwide. Team Worldwide’s role is to have the equipment there on time, every time, across the nation or across the world. As USA Luge is not government funded, every dollar and every competition counts as their sustainability is contingent upon sponsorship and private donations. Coming off a great year with Remsen, N.Y. native Erin Hamlin making luge history with the team’s first Olympic singles medal, Team Worldwide supports USA Luge as they meet their next challenges toward another historic Games in South Korea.
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