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Segger slides to bronze medal

January 17, 2017
Lake Placid News

IGLS, Austria - Bronze medals by Brittney Arndt and the doubles team of Dana Kellogg and Duncan Segger headlined the USA Luge effort last weekend at the Junior World Cup meet in Igls, Austria.

The up-and-coming athletes of the International Luge Federation (FIL) raced on the track outside Innsbruck that hosted bobsled and luge in the 1964 and 1976 Olympic Winter Games. The Tyrolean course is also set to conduct the FIL's 2017 World Championships at the end of this month.

Segger, of Lake Placid, teamed with Kellogg, a Chesterfield, Massachusetts resident, for a youth A doubles bronze medal. They stood in fourth place after the first of two heats, before charging onto the podium with the third best final run.

Their combined time of 1 minute, 28.370 seconds put them comfortably in the top three. Teams from Germany and Russia finished 1-2.

Arndt, meanwhile, was third in the one-heat grid race. The defending Norton Junior National Champion, who resides in Park City, Utah, posted a time of 40.818. She was surrounded by Russians, who placed 1-2-4-5 on the results list. Later in the weekend, Arndt took sixth in the two-heat Junior World Cup singles event.

The three Americans teamed with Sean Hollander, of Lake Placid, for a sixth-place result in the team competition.

In other weekend races, Hollander was 10th among junior men; in youth A girls, Ashley Farquharson, another Park City athlete, was eighth, Chevonne Forgan, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, slid to 14th, with Sophia Kirkby, of Ray Brook, taking 18th; 15-year-old Zach DiGregorio, of Medway, Massachusetts, the youngest racer on the U.S. team, took 17th in youth A men, and Grace Weinberg, of Pittsfield, Vermont, was 15th in a grid race.

The USA Luge Junior National Team now moves on to Oberhof, Germany, a winter sports mecca for Nordic and sliding sports, for a weekend Junior World Cup series.

The season's highlight will be the FIL Junior World Championships, February 4-5, in Sigulda, Latvia.



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