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Five For Friday: Luge

By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 30, 2015, 12:01 a.m. (ET)

Tucker West makes a run during the luge men's singles at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at the Sliding Center Sanki on Feb. 8, 2014 in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.


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Tucker West, who made his Olympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games as an 18-year-old, won a world cup bronze medal last week in Winterberg, Germany. His podium finish brought the USA Luge national team within one medal of the single-season U.S. record of 13, set in 1996-97.

Three-time Olympian Erin Hamlin and two-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer, along with West, 2014 Olympian Summer Britcher and doubles racers Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman, will go after the record at this week’s world cup stop in Lillehammer, Norway.

The U.S. relay team has medaled in three of four world cup relays, including winning a silver medal two weeks ago in Oberhof, Germany, and ranks No. 2 behind Germany in the world cup standings. The fifth of six world cup team relays will be held Sunday in Lillehammer.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.