USA Luge Silver medal in team...

Silver medal in team relay for USA Luge at Junior World Championships

Feb. 01, 2014, 1:52 p.m. (ET)

IGLS, Austria – On the final day of the Junior World Championships, USA Luge left the South Tyrol with a silver medal Saturday in the team relay. The effort, near Innsbruck, Austria, was led by Sochi Olympians Summer Britcher and Tucker West, both in singles, and anchored by the doubles team of Justin Krewson and Tristan Jeskanen.

The Americans finished only 0.03 of a second from the winning Austrian foursome. The junior world event featured seven Olympians headed to Sochi, three of them Americans.

“This was our last race before heading to Sochi,” said the 18 year old West of Ridgefield, Conn. “We got second place and that gives us confidence going into the Olympic race. I’m excited to compete and proud to represent Team USA.

”For Britcher, 19, and West it marked a return to the 1964 and 1976 Olympic site that saw them comprise half the United States team that captured the gold medal in the same event at the 2012 Youth Olympic Games.“I'm pretty happy with today's results,” added Britcher. “The team relay is such a fun event, and so different from a normal race. I'm happy to say I can add this to a long list of great memories from Igls.”

The two singles racers, who preceded Krewson and Jeskanen, put the team in position to medal. The 17 year old doubles athletes, in their first junior world championship, did not disappoint, bringing their team to the cusp of a gold medal.

“The team we had worked really well together,” said Krewson of Eastport, N.Y. “We put together pretty good runs that were good enough for second place.”

“It was a great experience. I’m glad we did it,” added Jeskanen of Peru, N.Y. The U.S. duo finished 10th earlier in the day in the doubles race.

Austria’s winning time was 2 minutes, 14.133 seconds, chased closely by the U.S in 2:14.162. Russia claimed the bronze medal in 2:15.012.As this event brings the international junior luge season to a conclusion all eyes will now turn to Sochi and the 50th anniversary of the sport’s entry into the Olympic program.

The Sanki Sliding Center in the Caucasus Mountains will offer a track walk on Monday afternoon, with men’s training set to begin at 8 AM Tuesday morning, followed by a women’s session at 1:30 PM.

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