Landfill Entrance Road, 74 Recycle Circle Lane, North Elba, NY 12996
The White Castle USA Luge Slider Search, a series of clinics with sleds on wheels in the summer to find future national team members and Olympians, will slide into Lake Placid on September 21.
White Castle, the nation’s first fast food hamburger chain, is an official USA Luge sponsor and is excited to bring this fun recruitment opportunity to Lake Placid.
USA Luge’s primary recruitment event, targeting boys and girls ages 9-13, will be held at Landfill Entrance Road, 74 Recycle Circle Lane. Clinics will be offered Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Participants are asked to attend one session.
Registration is required and can be completed at www.teamusa.org/usa-luge/slider-search. The sessions are free and everyone in attendance will receive an exclusive White Castle USA Luge Slider Search T-Shirt.
The mission of this grass-roots program, established in 1985, is to identify, train and qualify young athletes for the USA Luge Junior Development Team. Athletes who may progress through the six-rung development ladder (Junior Development Team, Junior Team Candidate Select, Junior Team Candidate, Junior National Team Select, Junior National Team, National Team Select) have hopes of one-day becoming members of the National and Olympic Luge Teams.
Over the years, the White Castle USA Luge Slider Search has traveled over 220,000 miles and introduced the sport of luge to more than 20,000 eager young athletes. At each series stop, guided by U.S. Olympic and National Team coaches and athletes, participants are taught the basics of riding a luge sled at controlled speeds, including positioning, steering and stopping. Once these skills are developed, athletes take several runs down a paved luge course on wheel-equipped luge sleds.
Finally, athletes test their physical skills through a battery of fitness tests. Those who show promise in the summer program are invited to Lake Placid, New York; Park City, Utah; or Muskegon, Michigan, to try luge on ice at a USA Luge sanctioned training site. The top young athletes from this group are selected for the next year’s development team.
Most of the current U.S. Junior National Team was recruited through the White Castle USA Luge Slider Search, so it’s no wonder the coaching staff feels future National and Olympic Teams will come from this recruiting program.
Register by phone at 1-800-USA-LUGE, or online at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Luge/SS-Registration-Form.
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