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North American Luge Championships Resume

USA Luge AssociationFor the first time in 10 years, both the United States and Canadian Luge Associations have agreed to resume the North American Luge Championships. Senior level sliders from both nations are schedule to compete Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 2000, in Calgary, Canada while the Junior North American Championships, also in Calgary, are slated for December 3, 2000.

The North American Championships -- similar to the European Championships being held in Koenigssee, Germany December 25-31, 2000 and Winterberg, Germany January 1-7, 2000 comes just prior to both USA Luge and Canadian sliders departure for Europe and the beginning of the 15-race season. The World Cup season begins in Sigulda, Latvia, November 20-26, and concludes in Lake Placid, NY, February 12-18, 2001. The World Championships -- also in Calgary -- closes out the 2000-2001 campaign, February 19-25. "Once the season is over, Canada and the U.S. will review the positive and negatives of these two races and develop a longer-range plan for regular competitions between the two nations," said USA Luge Executive Director Ron Rossi. "A key goal will eventually be to secure an International Luge Federation (F.I.L.) sanction for this event on a prestige level equal with that of the Europeans."

USA Luge sliders are currently in Park City, UT preparing for the upcoming season. Ice time is slated for 8-9 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. October 16-22, 2000 and from 8-9 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. October 23-28. In case of warm or inclement weather, training times may change.

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