USA Luge training sessions and weekend races slide away due to unseasonably warm weather

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – The French refer to it as force majeure. Luge racers and track operators just call it bad luck.

No matter how you cut the gruyere, it means that USA Luge’s week of training and racing in Lake Placid has been wiped out due to unforeseeable circumstances, such as extended spring-like temperatures and, at times, torrential rain, that has taken its toll on the ice at the Olympic Sports Complex.

The second and third Norton Seeding Races and the Norton National Championships, slated for Saturday and Sunday, were victimized by the continuation of warm weather that actually started seven weeks ago in the Adirondacks.

Now the team’s coaching staff is pondering the future of these competitions. Meanwhile, the 16-member squad will revert to its summer training program, which consists of sessions at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and indoor start training on the artificially refrigerated ramps at the team’s adjacent headquarters.

After Lake Placid, the group will fly to South Korea, and spend 10 days on the Olympic ice at the Alpensia Sliding Center, site of the luge competitions for the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games in February.

The Opening Ceremony is just 106 days away. Prior to that, nine World Cup luge races will be contested from November through January. USA Luge will nominate its 10 members for the Olympic Team on the night of Dec. 16 in Lake Placid, after the fifth World Cup meet.


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