Two-time Olympian Tucker West raced to victory outdoors Sochi on Friday within the first of three males’s choice races performed by USA Luge.
The nationwide governing physique will use choice races in all three disciplines to find out its World Cup crew. Inclusion on that squad is step one on the way in which to attaining a 2022 Olympic nomination.
Within the two-heat occasion, West, of Ridgefield, Connecticut, recorded run instances of 52.182 and 53.217 seconds as climate circumstances warmed into the 50s. His complete of 1 minute, 45.399 seconds bested Jonny Gustafson, of Massena, by lower than a second on the Sochi Olympic course. Gustafson is in search of his first Olympic berth.
“Their sliding has turn into higher all through each session up so far,” Head coach Robert Fegg stated in an announcement. “Each had good runs, however that being stated, there’s nonetheless tons to get executed and the time left right here is brief. Now we have a pair extra days left and we now have to make use of them effectively.”
The occasion didn’t embody 2018 Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer. The Salt Lake Metropolis resident and Saranac Lake native broke his foot 10 days in the past on this 2014 Olympic observe and underwent surgical procedure final week.
The subsequent males’s choice race is about for Sunday, with the ultimate occasion occurring in Lake Placid on Oct. 16.
The American World Cup squad will produce the ten nominees for February’s Olympic Video games. These rivals might be introduced in mid-January after the seventh of 9 meets on the Eberspacher World Cup tour.
Girls and doubles choice competitions are slated for Saturday in Lake Placid, adopted by a pair in Park Metropolis, Utah on Oct. 24-25. The crew will practice on the Utah Olympic Park, website of two U.S. Olympic doubles medals in 2002, from Oct. 20-25.
The crew’s Lake Placid and Park Metropolis coaching camps might be their lone appearances within the U.S. previous to the Beijing Winter Video games.
Summer time Britcher, a member of the 2014 and 2018 Olympic groups, is pre-qualified for the World Cup crew and exempt from the choice process. The ladies’s subject will embody 2018 Olympian Emily Sweeney, the Park Metropolis duo of Brittney Arndt and Ashley Farquharson, in addition to Chevonne Forgan. The latter three sliders are eyeing their first Olympic groups.
In doubles, three sleds might be comprised of Dana Kellogg and Duncan Segger, Zack DiGregorio and Sean Hollander, and Forgan with Sophie Kirkby. They, too, are battling for his or her preliminary Olympic berths.
Because of his damage, Mazdzer and doubles associate Jayson Terdiman, of Berwick, Pennsylvania, are sidelined. Mazdzer has been on three Olympic groups courting again to 2010, whereas Terdiman competed in 2014 and 2018. Mazdzer could be Terdiman’s third doubles teammate in as many video games. He beforehand competed with Christian Niccum (2014) and Matt Mortensen (2018).
The World Cup season begins in Beijing on Nov. 20.
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