Arndt and Norman win Norton Masters National Titles

March 11, 2018, 3:52 p.m. (ET)

PARK CITY, Utah - Jesse Arndt of Park City, Utah and Bruce Norman of St. Augustine, Fla., were crowned respective Norton Masters National Champions in races that featured former national team athletes and ‘weekend warriors’ gunning for the title in two separate age categories.
Arndt, taking his third Norton Masters title, was victorious with a two-run combined time of one minute, 25.594 seconds.
After a warm week of training, temperatures dropped to below freezing on race day, providing an opportunity for personal best times.
“We had really warm weather in training, so the crew did a great job in getting the track in shape for the race,” said Arndt competing in the age 30-59 category. “I struggled with some of the track changes and let it hang out there a little too much on my second run, as I wanted a personal best time.”
Jim Murphy of Amherst, N.H. was second in 1:26.498, while Tom Murphy of Park City, Utah was third with a time of 1:28.402.
Carl Roepke, a five-time Masters champion, was unable to compete while recovering from a torn rotator cuff injury. The Salt Lake City resident and on-track announcer at the past five Olympic competitions, called the race from the control tower, to the delight of those racing and spectating.
In the Senior Masters division, age 60 and up, Norman won his first-ever title. The Florida resident, who got started in the sport at a 2003 USA Luge Fantasy Camp, stopped the clock in 1:27.366.
Second place went to Paul Dondero, of Milwaukee Wisc., a former national team slider and 1984 Olympic Team alternate. His time was 1:27.648.
Lin Hancock of River Forrest, Ill. was third with a time of 1:28.455. Hancock made his mark in the sport as a national team slider, racing doubles with Steve Luke. He was also head coach of the Junior National Team when Jason Mully and Lance Kirley (both of Amherst, Mass.) took a silver medal at the 1988 Junior World Championships in doubles, the first time the USA had ever won a medal at any World Championship event.
“The ice was smooth and fast,” said Norman. “It was a great day in my life. I had friends who drove 500 miles to see me race today. Racing against former national team sliders really raised the bar for me and the entire field. The stories these guys tell and the camaraderie between our group was incredible.”
Another notable achievement saw Dick Genovese, of Rockford, Ill., at age 80, sliding in his 48th consecutive season.