Bell Atlantic Junior Luge Series Rolls into Philadelphia

Bell Atlantic Junior Luge Series Rolls into Philadelphia

Program Recruits Athletes for USA Luge Team

May 31, 2000


Jon Lundin,
518-523-2071, ext. 112

Michael Kornfeld,

PHILADELPHIA, P.A. - The Bell Atlantic Luge Series returns to Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, June 10-11, as the United States Luge Association (USA Luge) seeks aspiring young athletes for its development team.

During the Bell Atlantic Junior Luge Series, USA Luge National and Olympic team coaches and athletes teach youngsters, ages 10-14, the basics of riding a luge sled-including positioning, steering, and stopping. Once these skills are developed, the young athletes then make several runs down a paved luge course on wheel-equipped luge sleds. Those who show the most promise are invited to train on ice next winter at a USA Luge training complex, and they will be considered for spots on the 2001-2002 USA Luge Development Team.

Two-time overall World Cup champion, two-time World Championship bronze medalist, 2000 Inaugural Winter Goodwill Games gold medalist and 1998 Olympi bronze medalist Brian Martin is a graduate of the 1987 Junior Luge Series. Most of the athletes on the USA Luge Junior National Team were discovered through the Bell Atlantic Junior Luge Series.

The clinics will take place in Fairmont Park, on South Georgeshill Road, Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 to 5 p.m. The cost is $15 per child and includes a USA Luge tee shirt from Bell Atlantic. For more information and to register for the Official USA Luge Athlete Recruitment Tour, log onto www.usaluge.org or call 1-800-USA LUGE.

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