Norton Youth and Junior National Championships and seeding events end USA Luge racing season

By Sandy Caligiore | Feb. 26, 2019, 8:03 a.m. (ET)

 

PARK CITY, Utah – The USA Luge competitive season comes to an end in the coming weeks, when the organization hosts its Norton Youth and Junior National Championships and seeding races at the Utah Olympic Park (UOP) in Park City, Utah.

The events will take place on the heels of the Youth and Junior World Cup seasons that saw U.S. athletes claim eight medals.

The youth division will compete on March 2-3 with Norton events for ages 13-18. Their older counterparts in the junior division, to the age of 20, will hit the high-speed UOP ice surface March 9-10. Competitors may race up in age class.

The venue was used in the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and saw the United States win silver and bronze medals in doubles, along with fourth and fifth places in singles. The site will be incorporated into a future Salt Lake City Olympic bid which is now being organized.

Men’s and women’s 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 2019 Norton National Champions. Doubles will have separate seeding races daily, with Sunday’s two heats also determining the national champion.

It’s anticipated that some of these young athletes will be members of USA Luge National and Olympic teams of the future. The path to those Games, be they in 2022, 2026 or 2030, will include competitions such as these Norton-sponsored events.

In the immediate future, however, the seeding races, together with the 2018-2019 international season, will help to determine the composition of next year’s teams. Those will be announced in the spring.

Youth races begin at 12:30 PM MST on Saturday and 1:00 PM MST on Sunday. Juniors will commence at 9 AM MST on March 9 and 1 PM MST on March 10. All events will be streamed live daily on USALuge.org.