USA LUGE names 10 for 2013 World Championships Feb. 1-2
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January 21, 2013 12:02 PM
 
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The United States Luge Association has announced the athletes that will represent the team at the upcoming World Championships, to be held on the 2010 Olympic venue at Whistler, B.C., Canada.
 
Men’s Singles:
 
·        Chris Mazdzer (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) : 2010 Olympian, 4-time Norton National Champion, Best World Cup result is 12th (2013), Currently ranked 17th in the World Cup overall standings
·        Taylor Morris (South Jordan, Utah): First full season racing at the World Cup level, Career World Cup best is 20th (2013), 4th in 2012 Norton National Championships, Currently ranked 25th in the World Cup, Member of Army National Guard
 
Women’s Singles:
 
·        Erin Hamlin (Remsen, N.Y.): 2009 World Champion, 2006 and 2010 Olympian, 5-time Norton National Champion, Best career World Cup results are 5 bronze medals since fall 2009, Currently ranked 7th in overall World Cup standings (highest of all Americans)
·        Julia Clukey (Augusta, Maine): 2010 Olympian, 2012 Norton National Champion, 3 sixth place results this season, Currently ranked 8th in overall World Cup (1 point behind Hamlin); Recovering from Arnold-Chiari Syndrome and knee surgery
·        Emily Sweeney (Suffield, Conn.): 2013 World Junior Champion (Jan. 15, 2013), Best career World Cup result 10th (2013), Currently ranked 22nd in the World Cup (has only raced 5 of 7 events to date), Whistler will be her first World Championship, Member of Army National Guard
·        Kate Hansen (La Canada, Calif.): 2008 World Junior Champion, Best career World Cup result 8th (2011-2012), Currently 25th in World Cup standings (6 of 7 events), 4th in 2012 Norton National Championships, Whistler will be her first World Championship
 
Doubles:
 
·        Matt Mortensen (Huntington Station, N.Y.) - Preston Griffall (Salt Lake City, Utah): members of Army National Guard World Class Athlete Program, 2012 Norton National Champions, Career best World Cup results are two fifth places and one sixth place, Currently ranked 12th in World Cup standings
·        Jake Hyrns (Muskegon, Mich.) - Andrew Sherk (Fort Washington, Pa.): First full season at the World Cup level after successful junior careers, Career best World Cup result is 11th, Currently ranked 13th in overall World Cup
 
The four athletes selected to race in the team relay will come from the above group. Incidentally, the same will hold true for the Olympic team relay in Sochi.

Worlds Selection Committee was comprised of USA Luge Sport Program Director Mark Grimmette, Head Coach Miro Zayonc, Assistant Coaches Klim Gatker and Bill Tavares.
 
The participating nations are currently en route to Vancouver, B.C., and then on to Whistler. International Training Week takes place Jan. 23-27, to be followed by official training from Jan. 29-31.
 
World Championship races are scheduled as follows:
 
Feb. 1 – Doubles and men’s singles beginning at 3 PM Pacific Time / 6 PM Eastern Time
 
Feb. 2 – Women’s singles and team relay beginning at 3 PM Pacific Time / 6 PM Eastern Time
 
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