Searching for “Sliders” in Plattsburgh

The First Weekend’s Committee in Plattsburgh is wrapping up their summer of events with an art walk on Friday September 5th and instead of up on City Hall Place, Saturday’s activities during the first weekend of September will be held at the Macdonough Monument Park.. with a free concert by the band Lucid..   At the same time The City Council has approved the use of Bridge Street on Saturday afternoon by USA Luge…

AUDIO – 082014 – USA Luge Slider Search at First Weekends

Larry Dolan is the Development Team Coach for the junior national candidates and the junior national development program.. “Our goal is to give kids a chance to experience the sport and to identify some potential competitors. We’re looking for youth between 9 and 13 who would be willing to give the experience a try and they can on Saturday September 6th at 3pm on Bridge Street.” USA Luge will be registering kids in advance and if space is available they will also allow walk ups..  The goal is to give 30 students a try in round number one and then after a break give 30 more an opportunity to slide down Bridge street and test their steering skills.”

Here’s an excerpt from the USA Luge Website;

The USA Luge Slider Search is the official nationwide athlete recruitment tour of USA Luge, targeting young athletes, ages 10-13. The mission of this grass-roots program, established in 1985, is to identify, train and qualify young athletes for the USA Luge Junior Development Team. Athletes who may progress through the six-rung development ladder (Junior Development Team, Junior Team Candidate Select, Junior Team Candidate, Junior National Team Select, Junior National Team, Senior National Team Select) have hopes of one-day becoming members of the Senior National and Olympic Luge Teams.

Over the years, the USA Luge Slider Search has traveled over 220,000 miles and introduced the sport of luge to more than 19,000 eager young athletes. At each series stop, guided by U.S. Olympic and National Team coaches and athletes, participants are taught the basics of riding a luge sled, including positioning, steering and stopping. Once these skills are developed, athletes take several runs down a paved luge course on wheel-equipped luge sleds. Finally, athletes test their physical skills through a battery of fitness tests. Those who show promise in the summer program are invited to Lake Placid, N.Y., Park City, Utah, Marquette, Mich., or Muskegon, Mich. to try luge on ice at a USA Luge sanctioned training site. The top young athletes from this group are selected for the next year’s development team.

Currently, most of the U.S. Junior National Team was recruited through the USA Luge Slider Search, so it’s no wonder the USA Luge coaching staff feels future National and Olympic Teams will come from this recruiting program. Brian Martin, a 1998 Olympic bronze and 2002 Olympic silver medalist, was discovered at a Slider Search in 1987. Eight members from USA Luge’s 2010 Olympic team (including Erin Hamlin the 2009 World Champion, and the entire women’s singles squad) were graduates of the Search.

Each participant need only register for one 2 or 3-hour clinic. Register by phone at 1-800-USA-LUGE, or register online through our secure store site. The Clinics are free. A cool Slider Search T-Shirt is your gift for attending.

If you do need to cancel, we ask that you notify us 48 hours in advance so that we can open the spot up to another participant.

Attendees must be present 15 minutes prior to the start of each clinic. A parent or legal guardian must accompany you. Wear long pants (not baggy), long sleeve shirt (not baggy) and sneakers. Shorts and T-shirt can be worn for the physical testing portion.

In the event of rain, a clinic may be canceled for safety reasons and will not be rescheduled. A parent or legal guardian must attend the clinic with each athlete.

To receive information for a future clinic, please e-mail us your name, address, phone number, gender, date of birth, height, weight and clinic you wish to attend at, or call

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