After opening the post-Olympic luge season near Innsbruck, Austria, end of November, the second stop on the World Cup tour brought the fastest athletes on ice in Lake Placid over the weekend of December 5th and 6th. Doubles and men’s singles were contested on Friday. Women’s singles and the team relay were slated for Saturday. The team relay celebrated an anniversary of sorts with the running of the 25th such competition since its inception in the winter of 2009-10.
On Friday, the crowd chanted “USA, USA!” as Tucker West began his last run down the luge track in the World Cup competition at Mount Van Hoevenberg. They went crazy when the 19-year-old crossed the finish line to take the gold, and with good reason – he became the youngest singles World Cup winner in US luge history, and the first American man to win a World Cup since Wendel Suckow did it in Nagano, Japan, in February 1997.
On Saturday, it was US Olympian Summer Britcher’s turn. Racing in a World Cup on her home track for the first time, Britcher earned a career-best sixth-place finish while Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger won for the third time in three World Cups this season, continuing a tear that included winning a gold medal in Sochi in 2014. Check the medal ceremony.
On our end, we were lucky to host two professional photographers at our Lazy Bear. You can check their best pictures here.