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Lake Placid junior lugers earn top 10s

OBERHOF, Germany — USA Luge ended the Junior World Championships on Saturday, Feb. 22 in warm and windy Oberhof with a fourth-place result in the team competition, while doubles teams Sean Hollander and Michael O’Gara took sixth, Dana Kellogg with Duncan Segger were eighth, and Maya Chan and Reannyn Weiler placed 18th.

The United States team entry of singles athletes Chevonne Forgan and Zack DiGregorio, along with Kellogg/Segger finished off the podium by 0.4 seconds. Germany took the gold medal, led by singles Junior World Champions Jessica Degenhardt and Moritz Bollman, with doubles silver medal winners Max Ewald and Jakob Jannusch. They held off Latvia by 0.12 of a second, while Russia won the bronze medal.

In a field of 12 teams, USA Luge turned in three consistent slides with Forgan, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and DiGregorio, of Medway, Massachusetts, each ranking third in their respective divisions. Kellogg, of Chesterfield, Massachusetts, and Segger, of Lake Placid, turned in the fourth best doubles run.

Hollander, of Lake Placid, and O’Gara, of La Crescenta, California, reeled off the second fastest final doubles heat to improve from ninth to sixth in a race were Russia grabbed gold and bronze medals. Dimitry Buchnev and Daniil Kilseev raced to the title in 1 minute, 17.619 seconds on the short Oberhof layout.

Kellogg and Segger, meanwhile, recorded the third fastest opening heat time, but slipped in the second run to wind up eighth. Chan, of Chicago, and Weiler, of Whitesboro, who were fourth at the Youth Olympic Games, clocked 1:20.368.