Pavlichenko grabs World Cup luge overall men’s title
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Semen Pavlichenko of Russia made the final day of the World Cup luge season his best day.
Pavlichenko clinched his first World Cup season points title by...
Geisenberger wraps up 7th consecutive World Cup luge title
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Germany's Natalie Geisenberger left no doubt, once again.
She clinched her seventh consecutive World Cup luge overall championship Saturday, winning the final...
Geisenberger closes in on another World Cup overall title
OBERHOF, Germany (AP) — Olympic and world champion Natalie Geisenberger is on the brink of winning her seventh consecutive World Cup overall women's luge title, after leading a German sweep of the medals in a race Sunday.
USA Luge’s Mazdzer ending season early with neck injury
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer will miss the World Cup season finale later this month, cutting his season short because of a neck injury.
Robatscher wins snow-shortened luge World Cup event
ALTENBERG, Germany (AP) — Sandra Robatscher of Italy got the first World Cup luge victory of her career on Sunday, winning a race that was shortened to one run because of heavy snowfall.
Robatscher, the niece of Italian luge great Armin Zoeggeler, beat German star Natalie Geisenberger by about one-tenth of a second. Viktoriia Demchenko of Russia was third, grabbing the bronze by six-thousandths of a second over Emily Sweeney of the United States.
Geisenberger wins, Sweeney gets bronze for US at worlds
Natalie Geisenberger of Germany stands alone, now a winner of more world championship gold medals than any other woman in luge history.
And Emily Sweeney of the U.S. was standing alongside her on the medal podium.
Given the agony of what Sweeney went through about a year ago, that was no small feat.
Natalie Geisenberger’s 8th world title in German luge sweep
WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) — Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger led a German sweep of the medals in the sprint race, leading a dominating show by the host country on Day 1 of the world luge championships on Friday.
Geisenberger took gold, Julia Taubitz got silver and Dajana Eitberger won bronze — narrowly denying a medal to U.S. sprint star Emily Sweeney, who finished fourth and missed the podium by less than one-tenth of a second.
Mazdzer’s ailing neck a concern for USA Luge at worlds
Chris Mazdzer is giving his neck a bit of a rest, with the hopes of having a medal draped around it at this weekend's luge world championships.
The 2018 Olympic men's singles silver medalist from Saranac Lake, New York, is planning to compete in only doubles and the team relay events at the biggest competition on this season's luge calendar, which begins Friday in Winterberg, Germany. Mazdzer is skipping the singles competition because of a neck injury.
Ivanova wins World Cup luge race, Britcher medals again
SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Russia's Tatyana Ivanova had the fastest time in both heats Saturday to win a women's World Cup luge race, upsetting German star and Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger.
Summer Britcher of the U.S. was third, her fifth medal of the season and marking the fifth consecutive racing weekend that USA Luge has left a World Cup with at least one medal.
Sweden makes bid for 2026 Olympics _ with events in Latvia
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's Olympic Committee says it has filed a bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics with the luge competitions to be held in Latvia across the Baltic Sea.
Richard Brisius, spokesman for the Swedish bid, says the Alpine disciplines will be in Are, the ski jump in Falun, the luge competitions in the Latvian town of Sigulda, and the remaining events in Stockholm.
Egger gets first World Cup luge win; US medals in team relay
KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Snow piled up in Germany this weekend, and so did Summer Britcher's medal collection.
Britcher and USA Luge got a bronze medal in a World Cup team relay Sunday, her second medal from a weekend when snow wreaked havoc on many sliders. Germany won the team relay gold, followed by Austria with the silver.
Taubitz wins, Britcher 2nd for US at snowy luge World Cup
KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — Julia Taubitz of Germany won a World Cup luge race Saturday, prevailing on a track where snow piling up befuddled many sliders.
American Summer Britcher was second and Austrian Hannah Prock finished third for her first World Cup medal. German star Natalie Geisenberger was one of many who struggled in the snow and finished eighth on her home track, ending a streak of 25 consecutive World Cup races with a medal for the Olympic champion.
Erin Hamlin to help coach USA Luge at world championships
Erin Hamlin is going back to the luge world championships, this time as a coach.
The two-time world champion and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist from Remsen, New York, will work as a USA Luge assistant coach for two-week stint in January during the world championships in Winterberg, Germany.
It will be her first official foray into coaching with the national team.
Mazdzer-Terdiman, Britcher win silvers for US in luge
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Chris Mazdzer's weekend started with a celebration in honor of his Olympic silver medal, and was followed by four World Cup luge races.
Repilov wins World Cup luge race in Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — The German doubles team of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken walked off the track at Mount Van Hoevenberg as World Cup race winners, again.
Russia's Roman Repilov won the men's race, again.
And the day's biggest cheers went to Erin Hamlin, again.
Taubitz holds off Geisenberger for World Cup luge gold
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Julia Taubitz got her first World Cup luge victory of the season Saturday, holding off Olympic champion and fellow German star Natalie Geisenberger by about one-tenth of a second.
Taubitz finished two runs in 1 minute, 33.408 seconds. Geisenberger's time was 1:33.512, and Canada's Kimberley McRae took third in 1:33.885. Andrea Voetter was fourth for Italy, and the U.S. took fifth and sixth with Summer Britcher and Emily Sweeney.
Wendl and Arlt get their first World Cup luge win of season
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The duo of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt of Germany was the fastest in both heats Friday, on their way to getting their first World Cup luge doubles win of the season.
Another German sled — Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken — finished second, and the Austrian team of Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller was third. That was enough to keep the Austrians in the lead in the season's overall doubles standings, barely ahead of Eggert and Benecken.
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From broken to bronze: Sweeney overcomes major luge crash
Emily Sweeney could barely stand on a treadmill a few months ago. After four minutes of walking, the U.S. Olympic luge athlete had to lie down because of the searing pain that was spasming through her neck.
Geisenberger wins luge again; Sweeney takes bronze for US
WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Germany's Natalie Geisenberger is still perfect in singles races this World Cup luge season.
And Emily Sweeney delivered the first U.S. medal of the year.
Geisenberger improved to 3 for 3 on the young season, with the reigning Olympic champion winning the women's race at the World Cup stop in Whistler on Saturday. Germany's Julia Taubitz won the silver, and Sweeney held on for third in her first race of the season.
Germany, Austria take golds on Day 1 of World Cup luge stop
WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Wolfgang Kindl of Austria won the men's singles race and the German team of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken prevailed in the doubles race Friday at a World Cup luge event on the track used for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Kindl broke the track record with his second-run time of 49.837 seconds, capping his victory in 1:39.774. Germany's Felix Loch was second, about one-tenth of a second back, and Austria's Reinhard Egger took third.
Geisenberger, Steu-Koller sweep weekend World Cup luge races
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — The start of the World Cup season could not have gone better for Germany's Natalie Geisenberger and the Austrian doubles team of Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller.
Geisenberger won the women's sprint and the Steu-Koller team took the doubles sprint Saturday, giving both sleds their second win in as many days at the season-opening stop on the World Cup tour.
Germany’s Geisenberger opens luge season with another win
INNSBRUCK, Austria (AP) — Natalie Geisenberger's quest for a seventh straight World Cup women's overall championship is off to an excellent start.
The two-time defending Olympic luge champion led a German sweep of the top three spots in the World Cup opening race Saturday. She finished her two runs at the Igls-Innsbruck track in 1 minute, 19.619 seconds for her 44th World Cup victory, extending her record.
Restart: US bobsled, skeleton, luge teams have new look
A season of change for the three U.S. international sliding programs has arrived.
It's an every-four-year reset.
The cycle never seems to differ much: In the season that follows an Olympics, the faces inside the helmets donned by the U.S. bobsled, skeleton and luge teams always change. The rule is holding true again this year. New World Cup seasons are set to begin, and 19 of the 30 sliders who represented the U.S. at the Pyeongchang Games nine months ago are either retired or taking time off.
Mazdzer, Britcher win USA Luge national championships
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer won his eighth USA Luge national championship on Saturday, kickstarting the official start to his competitive season.
Summer Britcher won the women's national title, the second of her career.
Double up: Mazdzer sliding singles and doubles for USA Luge
Olympic luge silver medalist Chris Mazdzer is doubling up this winter.
Mazdzer has decided to compete in both singles and doubles in World Cup events, in large part because USA Luge didn't have another option to partner with Olympic doubles veteran Jayson Terdiman.
If the Americans didn't have a senior doubles team ready for the World Cup, they wouldn't have been able to compete in team relays this winter — and Terdiman effectively would have been forced into retirement.
West, Britcher successfully defend USA Luge start titles
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Olympic veterans Tucker West and Summer Britcher successfully defended their USA Luge start championships Sunday.
West won the men's title at the season-opening event contested on the ramp at USA Luge's indoor facility for the seventh time, and Britcher took the women's crown for the third consecutive year.
West's combined time in the men's race was 5.472 seconds. Jonny Gustafson was second and 2018 Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer was third.
Missouri town gets new newspaper, The Uranus Examiner
URANUS, Mo. (AP) — Cue the giggling: A small Missouri town has a new newspaper called The Uranus Examiner.
KYTV reports that the newspaper's launch was announced Wednesday, just days after GateHouse Media said it was shuttering Pulaski County's local paper, the Daily Guide.
West, Britcher get preseason luge start race victories
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.
Luge two-time Olympian Matt Mortensen retires
Matt Mortensen, a two-time Olympian in doubles luge and a five-time national champion, announced his retirement from sliding Wednesday after a career that spanned 20 years.
Mortensen went to the Olympics in 2014 and 2018. He and his most recent doubles partner, Jayson Terdiman, were third in the overall World Cup standings in 2016-17 and fifth this past season.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed a Minnesota judge as the state's next U.S. Attorney.
Erica MacDonald was confirmed as the state's top federal prosecutor on Thursday. MacDonald has been a judge in Dakota County since 2010, and was a federal prosecutor before that — focusing on cases dealing with violent crimes, drugs, human trafficking and child pornography.
Mike Kohn promoted to head coach of USA Bobsled
USA Bobsled has promoted Olympic medalist Mike Kohn to head coach of the national team, part of a significant overhaul of the coaching staff following a disappointing showing at the Pyeongchang Games.
Kohn will be aided by another Olympic medalist, with Shauna Rohbock now added to the staff as an assistant coach. Former USA Luge standout Ashley Walden also has been promoted, and will now serve as director of sport — overseeing all USA Bobsled and Skeleton programs.
Olympic luger receives warm hometown welcome
SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) — For most of Emily Sweeney's life, October has meant the start of luge season — racing in a supine position on a sled without brakes at speeds of up to 90 mph through a course of icy twists and turns.
It meant months of training, travel, and living out of a suitcase in pursuit of one day competing in the Olympics.
Bill Tavares staying on as USA Luge coach through 2022
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Bill Tavares will try to extend his Olympic medal-winning streak through the 2022 Beijing Games.
Tavares, who was the national team's interim coach this past season for the Pyeongchang Games — will keep the role in a full-time capacity for the next four years, USA Luge announced Tuesday.
Rockford man is world’s oldest ice luge competitor
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A Rockford man is the oldest ice luge racer in the world at age 80, and he's setting records for the most consecutive years competing in the event too.
RIDGEFIELD — The Winter Games may have ended a few days ago, but Olympic fever is still alive in Ridgefield, where nearly 100 fans welcomed home men’s luge athlete Tucker West Wednesday afternoon.
Pyeongchang Olympics: Terdiman, Team USA Just Miss Podium In Team Relay
The United States had positioned itself exactly where it wanted to be.
As Berwick’s Jayson Terdiman and Matt Mortensen crossed the finish line Thursday in the luge team relay, they did so at a time of 2:25.091.
American Chris Mazdzer humbled by breakthrough luge medal
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The math humbled Chris Mazdzer.
He's one of 33 American men who have competed in singles luge competitions at the Olympics. The way he sees it, each of them devoted somewhere between 10 to 20 years to the sport and the quest of becoming the first to win a men's singles medal for the U.S. And until these Pyeongchang Games, they all fell short.
That is, until Mazdzer broke through. He got the silver medal, but made clear it's not only for himself.
The Latest: Shiffrin finally gets her gold on Olympics Day 6
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
American Mikaela Shiffrin finally made her Pyeongchang Olympic debut on Day 6 of the Winter Games, speeding to gold in the women's giant slalom after several days of weather delays.
Geisenberger, Germany win another gold in Olympic relay
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — When the International Olympic Committee added a luge team relay to the program seven years ago, part of the rationalization was that it would provide more medal chances for women.
Natalie Geisenberger and Alex Gough surely approve.
The Latest: Shaun White’s Olympic gold a highlight of Day 5
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
The highlights of Day 5 of the Pyeongchang Olympics include a gold medal for American snowboarder Shaun White and a second consecutive gold medal in doubles luge for German duo Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt.
It was the third halfpipe gold medal for White and the 100th overall for the United States in the Winter Olympics.
The Latest: Luge win keeps Germany atop gold medal standings
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):
Chloe Kim's win in the women's halfpipe final was the early highlight before attention moved to Alpine skiing and Marcel Hirscher's victory in the men's combined. Tuesday finished with a rush of six gold medals.
Golden Geisenberger: German star defends women’s luge title
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Natalie Geisenberger refuses to call herself the best women's luge athlete ever.
The history books may do it for her.
Germany has yet another Olympic gold medalist after Geisenberger prevailed in the women's luge final on Tuesday — her second consecutive title and one that added yet another page to her burgeoning resume of accomplishments.
"The most of what you reach in sport is an Olympic gold medal," Geisenberger said.
A wary Geisenberger leads at midpoint of women’s luge
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Ordinarily at an Olympics, the leader at the midway point of a luge competition is virtually guaranteed to emerge with a gold medal.
Germany's Natalie Geisenberger knows these are not ordinary times.
Pyeongchang, South Korea — David Gleirscher struggled to make Austria's Olympic team. Chris Mazdzer's season hit rock-bottom less than a month ago.
Chris Mazdzer wins first-ever U.S. Olympic medal in men’s singles luge
Chris Mazdzer of Team USA won the silver medal in men's singles luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics Sunday morning in Pyeongchang.
It was the first Olympic medal of any color that the U.S. has won in that event, and the country's second overall medal of the 2018 Games.
Red alert: Gerard wins United States’ 1st gold of games
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A blustery morning wind had just about everyone scrambling in the men's slopestyle event. Except for Red Gerard, who kept his footing all the way to the podium.
Kicking off the second day of full events at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the 17-year-old snowboarder won the United States' first gold medal of the games.
Medal for Mazdzer: For USA Luge, silver seemed like gold
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Chris Mazdzer threw a fist in the air, grabbed an American flag from the stands and let out a scream of absolute jubilation.
Not even a month ago, he was at rock bottom. On Sunday night, he made history for USA Luge.
Surprise! Gleirscher wins, Mazdzer medals, Loch’s reign ends
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — David Gleirscher struggled to make Austria's Olympic team. Chris Mazdzer's season hit rock-bottom less than a month ago.
They stood higher than anyone else atop the men's luge podium on Sunday as the reign of Germany's Felix Loch as Olympic champion came to a slippery, stunning and sudden end.