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United States Junior National Luge Team claims 3 medals in Oberhof, Germany

Jan. 29, 2014, 1:43 p.m. (ET)

OBERHOF, Germany – Riley Stohr finished in second place on Friday in the Youth A Men’s race and the team of Olympian Tucker West, Raychel Germaine, and the doubles team of Justin Krewson and Tristan Jeskanen also took a silver medal in the team relay to lead the United States Junior National Team on Saturday in Oberhof, Germany.

Stohr of Whitehall, Michigan, put together runs of 42.330 and 42.201 seconds for a total time of 1 minute, 24.531 seconds to win the silver medal for the United States. Nico Gleirscher of Austria, won the gold medal just 0.001 seconds ahead of Stohr.Fellow American Jonny Gustafson of Massena, N.Y., finished in 14th place with a total time of 1:25.740 which was 1.210 seconds behind the winning pace.

Joining Stohr and Gleirscher on the podium was Paul-Lukas Heider, who claimed the bronze medal.

In the team relay competition, West, Germaine, Krewson and Jeskanen were also able to win a silver medal, finishing 0.655 seconds behind the German team of Angelique Fleischer, Toni Grafe, Tim Brendel and Florian Funk. The German team finished with a total time of 2:06.471.Germaine of Roswell, Georgia, started the competition for the Americans with a time of 43.390 which was good for the fourth best time among the women. West of Ridgefield, Conn., followed with the quickest men’s heat, finishing in 41.483. Finally, Krewson, of Eastport, N.Y., and Jeskanen, of Peru, N.Y., closed out the race with a time of 42.253 for a total time of 2:07.126 and second place.

The Latvian team of Alise Mitkus, Kristers Aparjods, Kristens Putins and Karlis Matuzels joined the United States and Germany on the podium with a third place finish.

West was also able to win the bronze medal in the Junior Men’s race on Saturday. He put together runs of 44.539 and 44.448 to finish with a total time of 1:28.987. West’s time was 0.387 seconds behind Armin Frauscher of Austria, who won the gold medal with a total time of 1:28.600. Toni Grafe of Germany, finished 0.180 seconds behind Frauscher to the silver medal ahead of West.

Joining West was fellow Olympian Aidan Kelly of West Islip, N.Y. Kelly posted times of 44.923 and 44.775 for 11th place in a total of 1:29.698. His time was 1.098 seconds behind Frauscher’s winning pace.In the Junior Doubles race, Krewson and Jeskanen were able to claim a 10th place finish. Their time was 1:20.086 which was 1.641 outside of first place. The team of Tim Brendel and Florian Funk of Germany were able to grab their second gold medal of the day with a total time of 1:18.445 which was just 0.006 seconds ahead of the Italian team of Florian Gruber and Simon Kainzwaldner. Brendel and Funk’s German teammates, Florian Loffler and Manuel Stiebing, rounded out the podium by taking the bronze medal.

In the Junior Women’s race, Germaine finished in 15th place. She put together heats of 43.527 and 44.304 for a total time of 1:27.831. Three Germans, Angelique Fleischer (gold), Jessica Tiebel (silver) and Carolin von Schleinitz (bronze), claimed all of the podium spots, with Fleischer winning her second gold medal of the day.

In the Youth A Women’s race, Gracie Weinberg of Middlebury, Vt., and Hannah Miller of Rome, N.Y. finished 18th and 26th, respectively. Weinberg’s total time was 1:21.235 and Miller finished at 1:22.157 for the United States. Like the Junior Women’s race, the Youth A Women’s race featured an all-German podium. Svenja Oestreicher claimed gold with a time of 1:18.724. Julia Orlamunder (silver) and Victoria Hufnagl (bronze) rounded out the podium.

The United States Junior National Team will be in action again on Jan. 31- Feb. 1 for the Junior World Championships in Igls, Austria. Tucker West and Aidan Kelly will again be competing with the team while another Olympian, Summer Britcher, will be racing as well. Britcher finished 12th this weekend in the World Cup at Sigulda, Latvia. Teammate Kate Hansen won the World Cup gold medal at the event, becoming the first U.S. woman to win a singles gold since 1997.

After the World Championships this weekend, West, Kelly and Britcher will make their way to Sochi, Russia to join seven other teammates in representing the United States in the 2014 Olympic Games.

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