Chris Mazdzer | WAMC

Chris Mazdzer

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The Sochi, Russia 1,500 meter sliding track was first used for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Now it’s the site of the International Luge Federation’s World Championships this weekend.  More than 100 athletes will compete including members of USA Luge, which is based in Lake Placid. Over the past few weeks the USA Luge team has done well in competition and this week the athletes are in Sochi preparing.

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The luge season begins this weekend in Innsbruck, Austria with athletes competing in the first World Cup competition.  On a conference call this week, USA Luge athletes with ties to the Northeast talked about the upcoming races and changes among the team.

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USA Luge

The 2018 Winter Olympics will begin on February 9th in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  With just over three months left athletes are on an intense training and World Cup racing schedule as they compete to make the elite teams.  But spring and summer-like weather has cancelled training at some training sites.   USA Luge is in Lake Placid this week and most of the team’s sliding sessions have been canceled.  Several of the athletes held a conference call to talk about track conditions and what it means for upcoming competitions.