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Search for sliders lands in Lake Placid next month

A participant slides down a track during a past White Castle Slider Search event. (Photo provided)

LAKE PLACID — A nationwide search for promising young sliders will come to Lake Placid on Sept. 19.

USA Luge, which is headquartered in Lake Placid, announced Monday that its White Castle Slider Search — its nationwide recruitment tour, first established in 1985 — will be held in Lake Placid on Sunday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s recruitment tour began in May in Columbus, Ohio. Additional stops in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are being planned for later this fall.

The Lake Placid stop will be limited to a total of 14 boys and girls, ages 9-13, and will take place on Recycle Circle (74 Recycle Circle Lane), just off Cascade Road and state Route 73. The event is free to attend and each young athlete will be given a complimentary t-shirt.

Over 250,000 youngsters have been introduced to luge with this national tour since its inception.

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. At these tour stops, kids luge at much slower, more introductory speeds on the wheeled luge sleds.

Participating sliders will ultimately be considered for the Junior Development Team. The coaches guiding each clinic include national and Olympic team athletes, giving each young participant professional instruction and inspiration.

Children selected from the White Castle USA Luge Slider Search will be invited to learn the sport on ice next winter in Lake Placid on the same track where national team athletes train and compete each season.

Once the participants master the ability to maneuver the sled in both directions, they will then slide from the White Castle USA Luge ramp onto the roadway to negotiate a shallow, gentle cone course.

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

Pre-event registration is mandatory and can be completed by calling 518-523-2071, ext. 107.