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Britcher in singles and US relay team both 7th on final day
OBERHOF, Germany – On a day of track records, Germany had the final say and left the two days of Viessmann World Cup racing with eight of 12 possible medals. The haul included victories Sunday in women’s singles and the concluding team relay presented by BMW.
USA Luge’s top results of the weekend occurred on the final day as Summer Britcher finished seventh in singles after occupying fourth place after one heat.
US doubles third overall, West 5th in World Cup standings
OBERHOF, Germany – Put the dominant luge nation on one of their home tracks, combine it with an Oberhof course where few teams have extensive experience, and the outcome can sometimes be predictable.
3 medals at worlds is a US team best, topping 2009
Hamlin sets a new individual mark for US
IGLS, Austria – USA Luge ended the 47th annual World Championships Sunday in Igls with a silver medal in the team relay – its third at this event – and set a team record for most hardware collected at worlds. Its previous best was a pair of medals in 2009, including Erin Hamlin’s gold.
Britcher 4th in singles, wins U23 gold medal
IGLS, Austria – The dream weekend for Erin Hamlin continued Saturday in sunny Igls, Austria as the Remsen, N.Y. native captured a World Championship silver medal in the traditional two-run singles race.
Sweeney 4th, Morris 5th both just fractions from the podium
IGLS, Austria – Erin Hamlin, 2014 Olympic bronze medalist and 2009 World Champion, captured her second luge world title Friday by winning the gold medal in the one-heat sprint race in Igls, Austria.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – USA Luge was saddened this week to learn of the unexpected death of Tom Neely, a member of the first Olympic luge team at the 1964 Winter Games in Innsbruck/Igls, Austria.
Robert Thomas Neely, of Ketchum, Idaho, attended George Washington University and was 78 years of age when he passed away on January 18.
In a chilling coincidence, USA Luge and 26 other nations are currently at an updated Igls venue for the 47th International Luge Federation (FIL) World Championships, to be held Friday through Sunday.
Jan. 23 press conference audio link with 7 athletes found below
IGLS, Austria – Outside the Olympic Winter Games, the annual luge World Championships is the most significant event on the sport’s calendar. The International Luge Federation (FIL) has now reached that point in the season, as the world meet will take place Friday through Sunday in Igls, Austria.
Mortensen/Terdiman, Hamlin 3rd in overall World Cup chase; West 5th on the year
Mortensen/Terdiman, Hamlin, Mazdzer win Sprint World Cup overall medals