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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 U.S. National Luge team has been training in Sochi and will compete in the first World Cup races of the season in Austria this weekend. The team has close ties to New York’s North Country. During a conference call, several of the athletes talked about their training, working through injuries and expectations for the sliding season.

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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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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.

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USA Luge has decided to keep its headquarters in Lake Placid for at least the next five years after the state of New York pledged $6 million to upgrade facilities and market the sport.

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The winter sports sliding venue that's home ice for the U.S. luge, bobsled, and skeleton teams is set to open.

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The USA Luge team is preparing for its first World Cup competition of the season. Members spoke by conference call from Austria with reporters Tuesday, including WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.