How do members of the U.S. National Luge Team get their start in the Fastest Sport on Ice?... through the Norton USA Luge Slider Search, which targets boys and girls ages 9 to 13. Young athletes who want to experience the thrill of luge and train under the guidance of USA Luge national team coaches and athletes can do so when the USA Luge Slider Search rolls into Salt Lake City.
Clinics will take place on May 18 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants can register for the clinic of their choice and all clinics are FREE! Plus, all participants will receive a free USA Luge t-shirt, courtesy of team sponsor U-Haul. Only 15 participants per session will be allowed, so register today for a chance to begin what could be the start of your Olympic journey.
During a Norton USA Luge Slider Search clinic, USA Luge coaches and athletes teach youngsters the basics of riding a luge sled, including position, steering and stopping. Armed with the basics, the young athletes make several runs down a paved street on wheeled sleds. Those who show the most promise at the clinics are invited to train in Park City and will be considered for selection to the US Junior Development Luge Team.
The Search produced 2009 women’s World Champion Erin Hamlin along with eight members of the 2010 US Olympic Luge Team. For complete information and to register for the Norton USA Luge Slider Search, call 435-647-3800 or visit www.usaluge.org.
USA Luge uses the Slider Search, now in its 28th season, as its primary means of athlete recruitment. US Luge athletes have captured over 590 international medals since 1994. Included in that total are silver and bronze medals during the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games, 25 World Cup victories, four overall World Cup doubles crowns, 18 Junior World Championship titles and 12 Senior World Championship medals.
For safety reasons, participants must be 52 inches in height or greater.
The location of the event is Colorow Way. This is off Foothill Dr and Sunnyside Ave in the University of Utah’s Research Park area.
Registration information is available at this link.