Call 1-800-USA Luge to Participate
August 26, 1999
|Media contact:||Sandy Caligiore,
(518) 523-2071, ext. 112
Michael Kornfeld, Bell Atlantic
PROVIDENCE, R.I. --The Bell Atlantic Junior Luge Series rolls into Providence, Sept. 11-12, 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 each day along Pine Street (behind the Providence Performing Arts Center), 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. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. 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 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 in Providence is invited to call 1-800-USA LUGE.
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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