Luge World Cup: How fast would you dare to go?

10421488_10152879794282140_6508940411884744373_nAfter 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.

 

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It’s been a While…

It took more than a year, but I’m back on our blog. A lot has happened since my last post. 2014 was THE year of improvements in our Lazy Bear. We added an outside stairwell to connect our screened porch to our outdoor patio. We also re-modeled the kitchen by opening the wall and adding a beautiful countertop linking kitchen and living room. You can find pictures of both in our gallery page.

We also took advantage of the great weather to hike, hike… and hike (did I say hike enough?), bike the multiple scenic roads and run almost everywhere! Needless to say, we also took advantage of the Ski Jumps complex and the Van Hovenberg center to X-country ski but also attend a few of the world competitions there.

The more we live in Lake Placid, the more we find ways to enjoy the extraordinary scenery and try new activities.

Check on new posts coming soon!

By slycio49