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US Sliders Back on Ice
News Bytes 01/5/2021 46 Comments

Whoosh! After staying home for the first half of the season because of pandemic issues, the race is on for some luge, bobsled, and skeleton athletes. Many U.S. sliders have rejoined the international World Cup sliding circuits. For them, it’s all downhill from here—they hope.

Last Friday marked the first day of actual international competition for American sliders this season. USA Luge took part in a Nation’s Cup race in Königssee, Germany.

USA Luge athletes and coaches all had to get three negative COVID-19 tests in a three-day span before rejoining the circuit. The International Luge Federation has been able to pull off four race weekends already this season without any major virus issues.

“I am so happy to be back in the World Cup,” says USA Luge’s Summer Britcher, who was third in the women’s Nation Cup race Friday. Britcher was also the top-ranked American in last season’s World Cup standings.

There are some exceptions: Most athletes and coaches who are members of the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) will not be with their teams for the rest of the season. That list includes USA Bobsled coach Mike Kohn. He won’t be trackside because the Army isn’t letting soldiers in that program compete yet. Army officials cite concerns about the rising numbers of positive COVID-19 cases both in the United States and around the world.

The U.S. bobsled and skeleton teams flew over, planning to rejoin the World Cup circuit in Winterberg, Germany, on January 9 and 10. Kohn, along with a handful of other coaches and USA Bobsled and Skeleton athletes, remain home to comply with the WCAP safety mandates.

Brian Shimer will serve as the on-site head coach for bobsled. Kohn will remain involved from his home in Lake Placid, New York. A bright side for him: This will be the first time that he’s home for the birthdays of his wife and their two sons. He usually misses those because they all occur during sliding season.

Many of the top U.S. sliders are now in Europe. That list includes reigning women’s bobsled champion Kaillie Humphries, three-time Olympic bobsled medalist Elana Meyers Taylor, 2018 Olympic men’s luge silver medalist Chris Mazdzer, and women’s luge world championship medalist Emily Sweeney. Lolo Jones, a three-time Olympian—two in track and field, one in bobsled—is seeking to make the 2022 Olympic team as a push athlete.

It is possible that more Americans could head to Europe for racing before the season ends. WCAP officials are monitoring the COVID-19 numbers and how the sliding sports are combating the virus regularly. They will reevaluate as needed.

USA Luge could compete in six events over the next six weekends, including the world championships in Königssee at the end of January. USA Bobsled and Skeleton could be in as many as five competitions, ending with the world championships for those sports in Altenberg, Germany, during the first two weeks of February.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. — 1 Corinthians 9:24-25

(Summer Britcher of the United States prepares to compete at the Luge World Cup in Sochi, Russia, in this 2019 photo. January 1, 2021, marked the first day of international competition for American sliders this season. AP/Ekaterina Lyzlova)


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ive never heard of luge, but it sounds so fun!

2nd Comment

I am glad that they can get back to this! It is also good that that coach can be home for his wife and sons birthdays.
Random question that this article made me think about: Do you prefer to ski or snowboard? I like skiing. Snowboarding looks so hard!!

3rd comment

Luge looks kind of hard, i've seen videos before, it's sledding on ice. Good they can play, I wonder what skeleton is? @ Riley D. Snowboarding is hard! I've snowboarded with my friends before.

@ Riley

Never done either I’m afraid.

@Riley D

I like skiing better.

Wow. I have never gone skiing

Wow. I have never gone skiing or snowboarding but my brother (MA) has...........
this is NA

this is Mylee

the skeleton looks like it would hurt your back lol. I 've never been snowboarding or skiing bc were i live so i can't answer that question lol . Has anybody watched cool runnings ? Bobsled always reminds me of that movie lol.

This is London

I have never gone skiing or snowboarding (I live in tx lol) and it never snows here like 1 inch every two years.

@Riley D

I like skiing better, but have not snowboarded.

@Riley D

I've never gone snowboarding or skiing but I enjoy sledding! My backyard has two hills and my siblings and I made a path from the top all the way to the bottom where we crash into the fence! I do want to learn how to ski or snowboard though.


We're going down this is betting worse and worse




Yes, i saw the person say that at the end of his speech. he is bowing down to political correctness.

"Amen, and A women," at the

"Amen, and A women," at the end of the speech. Weird.

@N&M A

I thought that it was hilarious. Did you know he is the 'pastor' of a United Methodist "Church" in Missouri? Woe and embarrassment to the people that voted for him. Not that I have any power over that, but they're getting it anyway.


@NA yeah I saw that. Terrible.
@Above: That is cool about the different preferences! Well, I don't live in a place to ski, but we go to Colorado or New Mexico to some good ski resorts. I am hoping to go this year since we haven't been in a while, but since we are saving up for a mission trip in March, I am not sure if we will go...
Isn't Skeleton where they are on like a sled thing going head first with their arms behind them or something? Tell me if I am wrong!


He wasn't even praying to God...and when he said that me and my brother just about can you even say that.......
IDK how a "Pastor" could say that...

@N&M A

I agree with you. I was shocked at first, but I have decided to take it as a joke, even though I know that that is not the way it was intended.

And the worst thing to me is

And the worst thing to me is that my grandmother goes to a united methodist church...

"amen" in the Jewish meaning

"amen" in the Jewish meaning means may it be so.

@David P

That is true, so why did he do that?? It made him look like he doesn't know anything except for what offends people.

he doesn't know what is was

he doesn't know what is was saying

@Addie L

They have become politically correct.

@ Riley D

I've only ever gone skiiing, but my dad told be about snowboarding and he didn't like it!

@ Everybody

Does anyone know for sure what 'skeleton' is? Riley, that sounds a bit familiar, but I tough that was something else...hmm....

Definition of skeleton in Google's words

Skeleton is a winter sliding sport in which a person rides a small sled, known as a skeleton bobsled (or -sleigh), down a frozen track while lying face down and head-first. ... Unlike other sliding sports of bobsleigh and luge, the race always involves single riders.

Hope that helps

Hope that helps

@ Addie L


@ London

Does TX mean Texas?

@Addie L

Yes that helps! that is what I thought it was! Thanks!


Yes sorry

@ London

Ok thanks. Whereabouts are you in Texas? Sorry, you don’t have to tell me if you don’t want to, I’m just interested with the US states and cities/ towns in them.


Do you live near Crisco? If you do, have you ever seen the Dude Perfect HQ? I would love to go there sometime.

I think he said "A women" as

I think he said "A women" as not to offend women. That means we should start saying "awomendwoment" instead of "amendment" and "womentor" instead of "mentor". I mean seriously!!!! I'm a girl and I am more offended by him saying "A women" than if he just amen.


I totally agree with you! I would prefer him speak correctly and intelligently than try to keep me from being offended about the way God made me!!


I am offended that he said "a-women" and I'm a girl......I can't think of anyone who would want people to say that it just doesn't make any sense .....

@Addie @Mirela

Did you mean frisco? @mirela I live in mount (mt) pleasant tx. ( I live in like the suberbs) About 2 hrs away from Dallas.

This is London @addie

If you meant frisco I live 2 hrs away from there. I have never been to dude perfect hq do you watch them

@Riley D

mission trip with living waters spanish?


XP I can't believe I typed CRISCO! That is so embarrassing!! Yes, I meant Frisco, and my family watches their videos every other Monday and we LOVE them! They are Christians, so if you've never heard of them, you should check them out! (They have 54 MILLION subscribers, just saying!!) They are super funny and do a bunch of cool stuff!


Also, maybe don't put your location online. There are a bunch of creepy people out there who use that kind of info against you. 8(


And, sorry, I got onto you for answering my question! XD

@addie World teen plz delete an above comment

Oh it’s ok after I typed it I was like why did I do that I wish that I could delete it opps( and I event took an internet safety class)

@David P

No, we are going through a place called DCI Missions. You can look it up online. It is really neat because our whole family can go, and they work around our schedule, so we pick the dates, and they pick out some things they think we would enjoy and we a few out of that. I think it will be fun, we just have to raise enough money! :o

They NEED a comment delete

They NEED a comment delete button for users to delete their own comments.........would have spared me a lot of embarrassment when I was 10 on here @_@

I agree

I agree

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