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USA Luge needs to see you at the FIL Luge World Cup this week

December 14, 2018
Editorial , Lake Placid News

It's time to show support for our athletes on the USA Luge team this weekend by attending the Viessmann Luge World Cup on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, at the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

This is the fourth Viessmann World Cup of the season and the last one of the month before the tour resumes in early January in Germany. Lake Placid is honored to have one of these prestigious international events designated for the local track.

Lake Placid is not guaranteed a World Cup for luge every year, and in order to show the FIL this village deserves to continue hosting World Cup events, we need residents and visitors to support our athletes by cheering them on at the track.

On Friday, USA Luge will honor Olympic medalist Chris Mazdzer and recently retired Olympic medalist Erin Hamlin at 7 p.m. at Mid's Park in downtown Lake Placid.

On Saturday, here is the schedule: 9 and 10:35 a.m., men's first and second runs; 12:15 and 1:35 p.m., first and second runs for the doubles. The medal ceremony for these events will be held in the Medals Plaza at the track. At noon, Hamlin will take a ceremonial last run down the track.

At the end of the first day, around 2:35 p.m., USA?Luge will hold its fourth Running of the Balls benefit race in which more than 1,000 "adopted" lacrosse balls make their way down the nearly 1-mile course. Fans may enter as many balls as they'd like. The cost is $10 per ball or three balls for $25. USA Luge is selling tickets on its website, Cash and prizes from USA Luge sponsors will be offered for the top 10 balls, as well as the last-place ball.

On Sunday, here is the schedule: 8:30 and 9:55 a.m., women's first and second runs; noon, men's sprint; 12:45 p.m., doubles sprint; 1:20 p.m., women's sprint. The medal ceremony for these events will be held in the Medals Plaza at the track.

One of the challenges USA Luge faces is attracting community support in the Olympic region, mainly from seeing crowds at their hometown events at the Olympic Sports Complex. These are our friends and neighbors at USA Luge putting athletes such as Erin Hamlin on the podium in the 2014 Winter Olympics and Chris Mazdzer on the podium in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

This World Cup is your chance to cheer on the U.S. Olympic hopefuls and see the world's top luge athletes. No matter which country they hail from, you may be seeing the people who will be winning Winter Olympic medals in Beijing in 2022.

So, Lake Placid, let's show support for all our Olympians and national governing bodies, particularly USA Luge, by attending the FIL Luge World Cup this weekend.



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