As the top luge athletes from around the world are currently preparing for World Cup and World Championship racing in Europe, USA Luge will be at Titus Mountain Family Ski Center in Malone on January 19-20.
Using easy to maneuver plastic sleds, patrons will get a chance to experience this Olympic sport through the Casella Resource Solutions USA Luge Challenge.
Although the Luge Challenge appeals to all ages, team coaches and athletes will scout the event for young athletes who show potential. These youngsters may be invited to participate in screening camps at the USA Luge training facility in Lake Placid. Two-time Olympian and five-time World Cup winner Summer Britcher, of Glen Rock, Pa., was discovered in a USA Luge Challenge in 2006 at Ski Liberty in Pa. Britcher has captured four World Cup medals to date this season.
Since 1996, the program has introduced the sport to thousands of fans nationwide. Titus Mountain is the second of four stops on the yearly USA Luge Challenge tour. Families and winter sports enthusiasts who attend these weekend events can experience the fastest sport on ice in a safe slope-side setting, with help from USA Luge Olympians, international medalists and coaches. Participation at Titus Mountain is free, and no experience or lift ticket is required. Registration begins at 10 am each day.
After learning the basics of accelerating, steering and stopping from USA Luge athletes and coaches, adults and children, age 10 and older, can take practice runs down a track complete with curves and timing equipment.
In addition, fans can enjoy a live DJ/emcee and prize drawings while participants spend the afternoon tackling the course in a race against the clock to win prizes from USA Luge, its team sponsors, Casella, and Titus Mountain.
Casella will distribute cowbells to cheer on the participants. In addition, Casella will provide a gift to all 24 winners.
Titus Mountain Family Ski Center is located at 215 Johnson Rd, Malone.
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Photo of luge track provided.