USA Luge ends competitive season in the coming weeks
LAKE PLACID — With the international luge season winding down in the coming days, attention turns to the annual domestic races in March that close the competitive season for USA Luge.
Koenigssee, Germany is the site of the World Cup finals Saturday, Feb. 29 and Sunday, March 1, as the season-long chases will be determined in all four disciplines. At the same time, the Norton Youth A and B National Championships will be held at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid (9 a.m. daily), followed by the Norton Junior National Championships March 7-8, also in Lake Placid. Both local events will be live streamed on www.usaluge.org.
Prior to the domestic races, several Junior National Team members will see action in Koenigssee. The doubles team of Dana Kellogg, of Chesterfield, Massachusetts, and Duncan Segger, of Lake Placid, will provide a second American sled in that discipline along with 2018 Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer, of Saranac Lake, and two-time Olympian Jayson Terdiman.
Kellogg and Segger competed in several World Cup events last month before departing for the recent Junior World Championships where they finished eighth.
Sean Hollander, also of Lake Placid, will make his World Cup debut on the classic German track, starting with Nations Cup qualifying on Friday morning. He was 12th at Junior World Championships in Oberhof. Another USA junior, Zack DiGregorio, from Medway, Massachusetts, will return to the World Cup after getting a small taste of it in January.
DiGregorio was 10th at junior worlds. Chevonne Forgan, of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, will also try to qualify in Koenigssee after seeing some World Cup time in January.
The collection of youth racers coming to Lake Placid will include the seven members of the U.S. Youth Olympic Games (YOG) team in St. Moritz. In that group will be singles athletes Matt Greiner, Hunter Harris and McKenna Mazlo. YOG doubles competitors Sam Day of Wantagh, and Sam Eckert of Wilmington, will be joined by Maya Chan of Chicago and Reannyn Weiler, of Whiteboro. Chan/Weiler finished fourth in the new women’s doubles event in St. Moritz.
March will end with a Fantasy Camp from March 29 to April 1.