USA LUGE

TEAM USA

SHE FINALLY MAKES IT

The U.S. luge team will bring a blend of youth and experience to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Summer Britcher is one of many that will be in the games. She will be along side Emily Sweeney, Julia Clukey, and Kate Hansen. She was born March 21, 1994 in Baltimore. She now living in Glen Rock , PA. Summer

This is the second in a four-part series on women's singles luger Summer Britcher, the first York countian to compete in the Winter Olympic Games.

KEY DATES

Feb. 8-9World Cup Lake Placid, N.Y.

Feb. 9Team RelayLake Placid, N.Y.

Feb. 23-24World CupSochi, Russia

Feb. 24Team RelaySochi, Russia

September-NovemberTeam selection racesTBD

DecemberEnd of qualification period

DID YOU KNOW?.......

https://www.usaluge.org/facts

  1. USA Luge doubles teams have won four overall World Cup titles (1997, 1998, 1999 and 2003) and two overall Challenge Cup crowns (2002 and 2003)
  2. The average luge run has a vertical drop stories which is 300 feet.
  3. Speeds in luge can exceed 95 mph.

THE HISTORY OF LUGE


  • Luge sleds were invented by the vikings. They were designed to slide down the sides of mountains in Olsofjord. The first luge races were took place about 800 AD. Theses Luge sleds were not very aerodynamic, but they were made heavy and strong for speed.
  • In 1913, the International Sled Sport Federation was founded in Dresden, Germany. It was taken over by the International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation in 1935. The International Luge Federation was founded in 1957 and remains the sport’s governing body.
  • In 1914 men’s singles and doubles races were conducted at the 1st European championships. The 1st world championships were held in Oslo in 1955.
  • Luge made its Olympic debut at the 1964 Games in Innsbruck, despite protests by many critics that the sport was too dangerous.
  • Athletes go down the track feet first at speeds of up to 120 kph. In men’s and women’s singles events, each athlete has 4 runs over 2 days and the times are added together for the final result. The luge is steered by shifting body weight or pulling on reins.
  • The doubles competition, in which teams can be same-sex or mixed, is a 1 day event in which each pair of athletes takes 2 runs down the course. No mixed-sex team has ever competed at the Olympics.
Summer Britcher 10th in Konigssee Luge- Universal Sports
Florida - Good Feeling (Original)

Play List from Summer's iPod.

1.TI feat Rihanna: Live Your Life

2.Green Day: American Idiot

3.Flo Rida: Good Feeling

4.Keri Hilson: Pretty Girl Rock

5. Billy Joel: You’re My Home

6.Black Eyed Peas: Imma Bee

7.Chad Judkins (College Friend)

8.Wiz Khalifa: Young, Wild & Free

9.Kelly Clarkson: Since U Been Gone

10.Maroon 5: Payphone

She’s the youngest on the team, but her speed makes up for everything.

Summer Britcher is only 19 years old, she’s the youngest on the women’s U.S. Luge Team. She placed in 8th place at the 2013 Igls World Cup and 1st place in the 2013 U.S. Junior National Championships. The Pennsylvania native was in the top nine finishing will 0.11 seconds from tenth place. She’s also ahead of 28 year old Julia Clukey who is also on the Luge Team. She is competing the senior tour for the very first time.