Norton Luge Challenge Coming to Wachusett Mountain
by Lauren Howe
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.— As the top luge athletes from around the world prepare for the 2023 World Championships in Oberhof, Germany, USA Luge will bring the thrill of the sport to central Massachusetts when the Norton Luge Challenge comes to Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass., during the weekend of January 21-22, 2023.Norton/Saint-Gobain is the primary sponsor of USA Luge.
Anyone interested in experiencing the sport of luge can do so at Wachusett. Participants will use easy-to-maneuver plastic sleds in a safe, slope-side setting with help from USA Luge Olympians, international medalists, and coaches. Participation in the Norton Luge Challenges is free, and no experience or lift ticket is required. Registration begins at 10 AM each day.
After learning the basics of accelerating, steering, and stopping from USA Luge athletes and coaches, adults and children, age nine and older, can take practice runs down a track complete with curves and timing equipment. Team coaches and athletes will be scouting each event for young athletes who show potential. These youngsters may be invited to participate in screening camps at a USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid or Park City, Utah.
In addition, fans can enjoy a live DJ and prize drawings while participants spend the afternoon tackling the course in a race against the clock to win valuable fun prizes from USA Luge, its sponsors, and each host resort.
Since 1996, the Luge Challenge has introduced the sport to thousands of fans nationwide, including three-time Olympian Summer Britcher, of Glen Rock, Pa., who was discovered at an event in 2006 at Ski Liberty in Pennsylvania.