USA Luge to co-host 2023 FIL World Cup season opener
Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid to welcome world-class luge athletes
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—USA Luge recently announced Lake Placid will be the first stop for the International Luge Federation (FIL) World Cup 2023-2024 season when it will welcome the world’s best luge athletes to Mt. Van Hoevenberg December 8-9, 2023, in Lake Placid. The New York State Olympic Authority, which operates the Mt. Van Hoevenberg luge track, will serve as co-hosts. The announcement comes following an extensive renovation of the multi-sport venue at the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games.
“We are thrilled to kick-off the international luge competition season at home,” said USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy. “We’ve had a lot of success on our home track in Lake Placid, and we look forward to welcoming our luge families and fans to upstate New York for our first World Cup competition in more than five years.”
The National Team, which includes all eight members of the 2022 Beijing Olympic team, finished the 2022-2023 season with seven medals and 58 top ten World Cup finishes, including 11 top ten finishes at the World Championships in Oberhof, Germany. The medal count was led by Lake Placid’s own Emily Sweeney, a two-time Olympian, who won three World Cup medals last season in three different disciplines and ended the season placing fifth overall.
The last time Lake Placid saw World Cup action was in 2019, when Sweeney and three-time Olympian Tucker West won silver medals in their respective singles disciplines.
Broadcast of the event is being supported by New York’s Empire State Development.
The event marks the first of nine stops for the season’s circuit. The World Championships will take place in Altenberg, Germany in late January.
Details about how to attend the World Cup in Lake Placid to cheer on Team USA will be forthcoming, with updates made to www.usaluge.org.