LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - As the top luge athletes from around the world compete in Europe in January and at the Winter Olympics in February, USA Luge is set to bring the thrill of the sport to ski and board areas around the Northeast.
Using easy to maneuver plastic sleds, patrons of all ages will get a chance to experience this exciting Olympic sport through the USA Luge Challenge.
Team coaches and athletes will be scouting each event for young athletes who show potential. These youngsters may be invited to participate in screening camps at a USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid, N.Y. or Park City, Utah.
Sochi and Pyeongchang Olympian Summer Britcher, of Glen Rock, Pa., was discovered in a USA Luge Challenge in 2007 at Ski Liberty in Pa.
Families and winter sports enthusiasts who attend these weekend events can experience the Fastest Sport on Ice® in a safe slope-side setting, with help from USA Luge Olympians, international medalists and coaches. Participation in all USA Luge Challenges is free, and no experience or lift ticket is required. Registration begins at 10 AM each day.
After learning the basics of accelerating, steering and stopping from USA Luge athletes and coaches, adults and children, age 10 and older, can take practice runs down a track complete with curves and timing equipment.
In addition, fans can enjoy a live DJ/emcee and prize drawings while participants spend the afternoon tackling the course in a race against the clock to win valuable fun prizes from USA Luge, its sponsors and each host resort.
Since 1996, the USA Luge Challenge has introduced the sport to thousands of fans nationwide.
This year, U-Haul will enable USA Luge to make the trip from team headquarters in Lake Placid, N.Y. to each Challenge with their sleds and equipment.
2018 USA Luge Challenge Sites:
Jan. 6-7 Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Mass. POSTPONED
Jan. 27-28 Blue Mountain in Ski Area Palmerton, Pa.
Feb. 3-4 Belleayre Mountain, N.Y.