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USA Luge takes home three medals from Lillehammer

January 26, 2018
Lake Placid News

LILLEHAMMER, Norway - In a month in which USA Luge's Summer Britcher has displayed a consistent sliding groove, the 23-year-old from Glen Rock, Pennsylvania overcame Germany's Natalie Geisenberger on Jan. 20 in the second heat to capture her fourth career victory in a World Cup luge event.

Sochi bronze medalist and four-time Olympian Erin Hamlin, of Remsen, New York, was ninth. Emily Sweeney, of Suffield, Connecticut, finished 14th.

Britcher is fifth with 546 points; Hamlin is tied for seventh with 393; Sweeney is ninth at 364. Raychel Germaine, of Roswell, Georgia, is 36th with 51 points.

USA Luge doubles teams placed eighth and 11th on Jan. 20, led by two-time Olympians Matt Mortensen, of Huntington Station, New York and Jayson Terdiman, of Berwick, Pennsylvania, and Olympic rookies Justin Krewson, of Eastport, New York and Andrew Sherk, of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

Mortensen and Terdiman are in sixth place with 440 points. Krewson and Sherk, who will retire after the games in Pyeongchang, are ranked 15th at 272 points. Jake Hyrns, of Muskegon, Michigan, and Anthony Espinoza, of Park City, Utah, are in 16th place with 235 World Cup points.

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Sprint races

Winning her second gold medal of the weekend, Britcher on Jan. 21 completed a World Cup sweep in the single heat sprint event in Lillehammer. Her teammates - Mortensen and Terdiman - raced to the bronze medal in sprint doubles. Hamlin was sixth in the sprint race, and Sweeney took 12th. Krewson and Sherk were seventh in the sprint.

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Men's singles

On Jan. 21, the USA Luge men's team was led in singles by Tucker West, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, in 11th place. Taylor Morris, of South Jordan, Utah, was 12th, and Chris Mazdzer, of Saranac Lake, was 21st.

In the overall World Cup rankings, West is 10th, Morris 16th and Mazdzer 18th.

The World Cup tour now moves to the Baltic region for this weekend's action-packed finals in Sigulda, Latvia.

 
 

 

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