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West, Britcher get preseason luge start race victories

August 27, 2018

MERANSEN, Italy (AP) — USA Luge Olympians Tucker West and Summer Britcher both prevailed in a preseason luge start competition in Italy.

West held off Italian cousins and fellow Olympic sliders Dominik Fischnaller and Kevin Fischnaller to win the men’s event by 0.02 seconds. Britcher won by 0.12 seconds over Italian women’s Olympians Andrea Voetter and Sandra Robatscher.

West and Britcher were the only two Americans competing.

The competition held over the weekend was on the covered, outdoor start facility where the Italians train in the offseason. USA Luge holds a similar event on its indoor track in Lake Placid, New York, each fall, with this year’s scheduled for Sept. 23.

On-ice training for the coming luge season is scheduled to start in Lillehammer, Norway, in late September.