Summer Britcher poses for a photo at training.
Three-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer and two-time Olympian Summer Britcher swept to national titles on Saturday in Lake Placid, New York.
Mazdzer, who earned a historic silver medal in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, won Saturday’s race in the Norton USA Luge National Championships with a time of 1 minute, 43.423 seconds. Combined with Friday’s win in the first seeding race, he captured the national title ahead of runner-up Jonny Gustafson and third-place finisher Tucker West, a two-time Olympian.
All three are on the USA Luge world cup team.
Britcher, who participated in the last two Winter Olympics, also pulled a double in the women’s seeding races Friday and Saturday. She completed the sweep with a win on Saturday in a time of 1:29.112. Brittney Arndt finished second both days and Raychel Germaine was third.
All three women are on the world cup team, along with 2018 Olympian Emily Sweeney, who did not race this week because she is recovering from a crash in February. She is scheduled to join the team the second week of the world cup season in Whistler, Canada.
Mazdzer is also racing in doubles this season, teaming up with two-time Olympian Jayson Terdiman.
The luge world cup season opens up November 24-25 in Igls, Austria. Lake Placid is host to a world cup event December 15-16.
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.