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Tucker West, Summer Britcher Win USA Luge Start Championships Titles

By Karen Price | Sept. 23, 2018, 3:41 p.m. (ET)

Tucker West competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 10, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.


Two-time Olympian Tucker West retained his crown as king of the Norton USA Luge Start Championships while fellow two-time Olympic teammate Summer Britcher earned the victory for the women in Lake Placid, New York, as the U.S. athletes got a step closer to the start of racing season. 

West won the event for the seventh time in a row with a final start time of 1.430 seconds to a total of 5.472 across the four heats. Jonny Gustafson, who is entering his third world cup season, took second place with a total of 5.603 and Chris Mazdzer, who became the first U.S. man to win an Olympic medal in singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, was third with a total time of 5.633. 

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Mazdzer also received a special tribute from USA Luge for his accomplishment in PyeongChang. 

Britcher, who holds five world cup victories, won easily for the women with a final start time of 1.610 for a total of 5.961. Brittney Arndt, who raced last season with the junior national team, was second with a total time of 6.098 and Ashley Farquharson, who was the 2017 and 2018 junior national champion, finished third with a total time of 6.194. Olympian Emily Sweeney did not compete. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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