LAKE PLACID – The world’s best luge athletes will be in Lake Placid Feb. 5 to 9 for the first luge World Cup event there since 2009.
Competitors in the fastest sport on ice will take on the track at the Olympic Sports Complex, one of the world’s most demanding.
Many of the sport’s biggest stars will return to the 20-curve course including German David Moeller, a four-time world champion, and his teammate Felix Loch, the reigning Olympic champion, who leads the 2012-13 men’s singles World Cup points chase.
The U.S. squad will be led by Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake, currently 17th in World Cup rankings.
Natalie Geisenberger headlines the women’s field. The German has medaled in each World Cup race this season, claiming five gold and two silver medals. Her teammates Anke Wischnewski and Tatjana Huefner, the 2010 Olympic champion, are sitting second and third heading into the Lake Placid event.
Racing begins Thursday, Feb. 7, with Nations Cup action, a World Cup qualifying race, and World Cup racing begins Friday, Feb. 8. Much of the action will be shown on NBC television.
For more information, visit http://www.whiteface.com/events/world-cup-luge.