Bell Atlantic Junior Luge Series Rolls Into Washington, Oct. 2-3

Bell Atlantic Junior Luge Series Rolls Into Washington, Oct. 2-3

Call 1-800-USA Luge to Reserve A Spot

September 16, 1999

Media contact: Sandy Caligiore, USA Luge
(518) 523-2071, ext. 112
Michael Kornfeld, Bell Atlantic
(212) 395-5990

WASHINGTON --The Bell Atlantic Junior Luge Series rolls into Washington, D.C., Oct. 2-3, 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, 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 clinics will be held 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. each day along 11th Street, N.W. (between Euclid and W Streets). 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 service area 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 Washington, D.C. 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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