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Slider Search recruitment season concludes in Lake Placid

September 21, 2017
Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search tour will make its final stop of the summer and fall recruitment season today from 5 to 7 p.m. on Recycle Circle, located off Cascade Road.

Guided by U.S. Olympic and national team coaches and athletes, participants between the ages of 9 and 13 will be taught the basics of riding a luge sled. Once these skills are developed, athletes will take several runs down a paved luge course on wheel-equipped luge sleds.

Finally, athletes test their physical skills through a battery of fitness tests. Those who show promise in the summer program are invited to Lake Placid, Park City, Utah, or Muskegon, Michan to try luge on ice at a USA Luge sanctioned training site. The top young athletes from this group are selected for the next year's development team.

The mission of this grass-roots program, established in 1985, is to identify, train and qualify young athletes for the USA Luge Junior Development Team. Athletes who may progress through the six-rung development ladder (Junior Development Team, Junior Team Candidate Select, Junior Team Candidate, Junior National Team Select, Junior National Team, National Team Select) have hopes of one-day becoming members of the National and Olympic Luge Teams.

Over the years, the USA Luge Slider Search has traveled more than 230,000 miles and introduced the sport of luge to more than 20,000 eager young athletes.

Currently, most of the U.S. Junior National Team was recruited through the slider search program. Erin Hamlin, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist and four-time world championship medal winner, was identified in a 1999 Slider Search, while Brian Martin, a 1998 Olympic bronze and 2002 Olympic silver medalist, was discovered at a Slider Search in 1987. The vast majority of the past two Olympic teams came through the Slider Search.



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