Weather creates race changes as second Norton USA Luge Seeding Race moved to Pyeongchang

By Sandy Caligiore | Oct. 25, 2017, 5:02 p.m. (ET)


LAKE PLACID, N.Y. –The French refer to it as force majeure. Luge racers and track operators just call it bad luck.

No matter how you cut the gruyere, it means that USA Luge’s week of training and racing in Lake Placid has been wiped out due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as extended spring-like temperatures and, at times, torrential rain, that has taken its toll on the ice at the Olympic Sports Complex.

The second and third Norton Seeding Races and the Norton National Championships, slated for Saturday and Sunday, were victimized by the continuation of warm weather that actually started seven weeks ago in the Adirondacks.

As a result, the second seeding race, to finalize the World Cup team, will be held in Pyeongchang on Nov. 5 at 10:45 AM local time (night of Nov. 4 in the U.S.). The third seeding race has been canceled entirely, while dates for the Norton National Championships are yet to be determined.

Meanwhile, the 16-member squad will revert to its summer training program the remainder of this week. This will consist of sessions at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and indoor start training on the artificially refrigerated ramps at the team’s adjacent headquarters.

After Lake Placid, the group will fly to South Korea, and spend Nov. 2-11 on the Olympic ice at the Alpensia Sliding Centre, site of the luge competitions for the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games in February.

The Opening Ceremony is just 105 days away. Prior to that, nine World Cup luge races will be contested from November through January. USA Luge will nominate its 10 members for the Olympic Team on the night of Dec. 16 in Lake Placid, after the fifth World Cup meet.