Day and O’Gara lead USA Luge with Youth World Cup bronze medal

By Sandy Caligiore | Feb. 12, 2019, 9:54 a.m. (ET)

WINTERBERG, Germany – USA Luge’s junior program continues to build momentum this season, as proven by a bronze medal in the youth A doubles competition snagged by Sam Day and Michael O’Gara. Ashley Farquharson’s fourth place in the junior women’s event and Ian Smith’s fifth place youth A result further underscored the team’s progress.

Day, of Wantagh, N.Y. and O’Gara, of La Crescenta, Calif., were just 0.04 of a second off the silver medalists from Germany and 0.15 from the winners from Germany. Their time was 53.598 seconds. Day and O’Gara made their race debut in Winterberg and sit in 11th place in the youth A doubles overall World Cup standings.

Smith of Carlisle, Mass. continued his consistent season as he now has race results of third, fourth and a pair of fifth place efforts, and is fourth in the overall youth World Cup standings. His time down Winterberg’s Veltins-EisArena, which hosted the FIL World Championships two weeks earlier, was 1:27.831, just .05 off the podium. Sam Day, pulling double duty racing in singles and doubles, was 13th in 1:28.833. Sam Eckert of Wilmington, N.Y. was 15th in 1:28.966. Eckert is in seventh place on the season, while Day is 39th after his one and only singles event to date.

Farquharson finished fourth behind a par of Germans and an Italian in the junior women’s competition. She was also fourth at the recent Junior World Championships. The Park City, Utah native clocked in at 1:28.209. Sophie Kirkby of Ray Brook, N.Y. was 19th in 1:29.299, while Chevonne Forgan of Chelmsford, Mass. was 23rd with a two-run time of 1:29.767. Farquharson is 10th place in the overall standings, with Kirkby 21st and Forgan 25th.

In the junior doubles race, Dana Kellogg of Chesterfield, Mass. and Duncan Segger of Lake Placid, N.Y. placed eighth with a time of 1:37.345. The duo are also ranked eighth in the World Cup standings for junior doubles.

In the junior men’s competition, Zack DiGregorio placed ninth, with Germany taking six of the top 10 spots, including first through fourth. DiGregorio, of Medway, Mass., crossed the line in 1:53.559, while teammate Keaton Jens of St. Charles, Ill. was 17th in 1:55.312. Lake Placid, N.Y. resident Sean Hollander was 18th in 1:55.763.

In the overall standings, Jens, DiGregorio and Hollander are 13th, 15th and 17th, respectively.