LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The USA Luge competitive season comes to an end in March, when the organization hosts its Norton Youth and Junior National Championships and seeding races at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
The events will take place right behind the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games that saw Chris Mazdzer bring the team its first men’s singles medal. This occurred just two days after United States flag bearer Erin Hamlin led over 240 American athletes into the Opening Ceremony.
The Lake Placid races, on March 3-4, will feature youth national championship races for athletes ages 13-18. Their older, junior aged teammates to the age of 20, will take to the ice on March 10-11. Race times each day are from 9 – 11:30 AM. Competitors may race up in age class.
Youth A men and women (ages 15-18), along with youth B men and women (ages 13-14), compete March 3-4. Junior men and women (to the age of 20) tackle the technical Olympic Sports Complex layout March 10-11.
Singles events both weekends will be a three-races-in-two-days format. Each day will have a separate two-heat seeding race. However, the combination of all four runs will determine the 2018 Norton National Champions.
There will be a youth doubles race on March 11 consisting of two runs. There are no doubles events over the preceding weekend.
It’s anticipated that some of these young athletes will be members of USA Luge Olympic teams of the future. The path to those Games, be they in 2022, 2026 or 2030, will begin with competitions such as these Norton-sponsored events.
All four days of racing will be live streamed on www.usaluge.org.
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