USA Luge Slider Search to return to Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — If you have a 9-13 year old who dreams of Olympics, this story might be for you.

USA Luge returns to Columbus for the White Castle USA Luge Slider Search, one of many stops across the country in hopes of finding future national team members. The recruiting opportunity takes place June 4-5 at Big Run Park at 4205 Clime Rd., site of the soapbox derby course.

The event targets boys and girls aged 9 to 13, with sessions taking place from 9am to 11am, 12pm to 2pm and 3pm to 5pm. Participants are requested to attend only one of the sessions. Columbus is one of many stops on the summer and fall recruiting tour that includes locations across the country.

Aidan Kelly, Sochi 2014 Olympian with a degree in slider research, will lead the weekend clinics for USA Luge. The team currently has six athletes from Ohio in the USA Luge Team structure. All were discovered during past Columbus events. The majority of these young athletes will help lead the clinics this weekend.

Sessions are free and everyone receives a White Castle USA Luge Slider Search t-shirt.
Participants will learn the basics of driving a toboggan at a controlled speed, including positioning, steering and stopping. Once these skills have been developed, the athletes make several runs on a paved luge course on luge sleds equipped with wheels.

Finally, athletes test their physical skills through a battery of fitness tests if time permits. Those who show promise in the summer program are invited to Lake Placid, NY or Park City, Utah to try ice luge at a USA Luge-sanctioned training site. The best young athletes from this group are selected for the following year’s development team.

To view more information and register for White Castle Slider Search, visit teamusa.org.

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