U.S. National Luge Team searches for young recruits in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The United States National Luge Team made a stop in Cincinnati on Saturday to introduce children to the Olympic sport and hopefully find a few new recruits for their Junior Development team.

Luge is the fastest and most dangerous Olympic sliding sport. However, instead of taking to the ice with a sled, children hit the streets with specialized sleds on wheels.

The U.S. National Luge Team hosted a clinic for young athletes between the ages of nine and 13. The young athletes made several runs down a paved street on wheeled sleds in St. Bernard.

Those who show the most promise at the clinics will be invited to train in Lake Placid, New York and will be considered for selection to the U.S. Junior Development Luge Team.

The program, called Slider Search, is used by USA Luge as its primary means of athlete recruitment. U.S. 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.

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