Bell Atlantic Junior Luge Series Rolls Into Roanoke, Aug. 21-22

Bell Atlantic Junior Luge Series Rolls
Into Roanoke, Aug. 21-22

Call 1-800-USA Luge to Reserve A Spot

August 5, 1999


Sandy Caligiore,
United States Luge Association

518-523-2071, ext. 112

Michael Kornfeld,
Bell Atlantic

ROANOKE, VA. --The Bell Atlantic Junior Luge Series rolls
into Roanoke's Walrond Park, Aug. 21-22, affording youngsters with
Olympic aspirations an opportunity to experience the thrill of the sport and
to train with coaches and members of the United States Luge Team.

During a series of three-hour clinics slated for 9 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to
5:30 p.m. each day along Walrond Park's soapbox derby course, boys and
girls, ages 10-14, will learn the fundamentals of luge racing at slow speeds
as they roll down a paved roadway atop sleds on wheels. The $15 entry
fee includes a souvenir tee shirt.

USA Luge officials view the Bell Atlantic Junior Luge Series as the
primary means of recruitment for a national program whose athletes
captured silver and bronze medals during last year's Olympic Winter
Games in Nagano, Japan.

The United States Luge Association's traveling luge ramp will be used
during the clinics. Youngsters will learn about properly positioning
themselves on the sled, accurate steering, slowing the sled and bringing it
to a stop. The sessions also include a fun race and moderate physical
testing to gauge the youngsters' athletic ability.

The best athletes discovered at these and other clinics to be held this
summer throughout Bell Atlantic's Northeast and mid-Atlantic region will
be invited to train on ice next winter. They also will be considered for the
2000-2001 United States Luge Association's Junior Development Team.

Olympic Bronze Medalist Brian Martin is a graduate of the 1987 Junior
Luge Series. Nearly all members of the current Junior National Team
were discovered through this program and have progressed to the level of
international luge racing.

Anyone interested in attending a clinic at Walrond Park is invited to call
1-800-USA LUGE.

For more information, visit www.usaluge.org or www.bellatlantic.com/usaluge on
the Internet.

In the spirit of the Olympic movement, the United States Luge Association
seeks to provide for the achievement of excellence in the sport of luge,
with the highest degree of sportsmanship and victory as the standards.
The United States Luge Association endeavors to recruit, develop, train
and support dedicated athletes so they may represent themselves and the
United States of America, with honor, in all luge competitions.

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