KOENIGSSEE, Germany - The United States junior luge team slid to a silver medal Saturday in the team event of the Junior World Cup's fourth race of the season.
The U.S. team of Aaron Barge, an 18-year-old from Saranac Lake, Emily Sweeney, 17, Jacob Hyrns, 17, and Andrew Sherk, 18, together posted a total time of 2 minutes, 26.879 seconds, just behind Germany, which finished the race in 2:25.913.
In the women's division, Sweeney narrowly missed the podium by finishing only three-tenths of a second behind German winner Katrin Rudolph. Sweeney's total heat time of 1:40.074 seconds gave her a fourth-place finish.
Kate Hansen, 18, recorded a total time of 1:40.572, putting her three spots behind Sweeney in seventh place.
A two-run time of 1:39.012 put Barge into 14th place in the men's division. Isaac Underwood, 19, finished in 23rd place with a total race time of 1:43.191.
In only his second Junior World Cup start, Tucker West finished in 12th place in the youth men's division with a two-heat time of 1:41.698.
Junior's doubles pair Hyrns and Sherk began the race in first place in the overall Junior World Cup standings. The duo dropped to sixth place with a two-run time of 1:37.077, highlighted by the fourth-best second heat.
Altenberg gold medalist Summer Britcher, 16, who is a winter term student at the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, finished fourth behind three German racers with a two-heat time of 1:37.207 in the women's youth division.
Luge will be one of the sports included next winter at the first Youth Winter Olympics, conducted by the IOC. It will be contested at the site of the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. Athletes born in 1994 and 1995 are eligible to compete.
Junior World Cup racing continues Friday and Saturday in Igls, Austria, followed by the World Junior Championships, Feb. 5-6 in Oberhof, Germany.