After a full field last week, USA Luge schedules second slider search in LP

LAKE PLACID — After a recruiting clinic last Sunday in Lake Placid that saw full attendance by local and visiting youngsters, USA Luge has announced another White Castle Slider Search this Sunday, Aug. 30, also in Lake Placid. This year’s schedule, featuring sleds on wheels, has started later than usual as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

There will be one clinic Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon, and will be limited to 10 youngsters to accommodate social distancing. It will take place on Recycle Circle (74 Recycle Circle Lane), just off Cascade Road/state Route 73.

The Lake Placid clinic, for boys and girls ages 9-13, is free of charge and each young athlete will be given a complimentary White Castle USA Luge Slider Search T-shirt.

Pre-event registration is mandatory and can be completed by calling 1-800-USA-LUGE or by logging on to https://www.teamusa.org/usa-luge/slider-search.

With virtually all businesses having reopened in New York State, USA Luge decided to move forward with the recruiting tour because of people’s desire to participate in outdoor activities. However, in an abundance of caution, the entire slider search season will occur within the state’s boundaries. At all locations, the organization will deploy new cleaning and sanitizing protocols to keep participants safe.

Other White Castle USA Luge Slider Searches are set for Sept. 12 in Utica, Sept. 13 in Glens Falls, Sept. 26-27 in metro New York City, and Oct. 4 back in Lake Placid.

An Olympic sport since 1964, luge consists of athletes sliding down a track of ice on sleds at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search clinics will have kids luging at much slower, more introductory speeds on the wheeled luge sleds.

Participating “sliders” (a name given to luge athletes and the iconic White Castle burger) will ultimately be considered for the USA Luge Junior Development Team. The coaches guiding each clinic include National and Olympic team athletes, giving each young participant professional instruction and inspiration.

More information can be found at https://www.teamusa.org/usa-luge/slider-search, including the full schedule of summer and fall slider search locations.

Participant registration may be completed online or by calling 1-800-USA-LUGE.