Weather alters Luge National Championships

LAKE PLACID — The onset of warm weather, heavy rain and high winds Thursday has led to the cancellation of Friday’s opening day of the Norton USA Luge National Championships, originally set for Friday and Saturday mornings in Lake Placid. The competition has been relegated to a one-day event on Saturday, with a scheduled 10 a.m. start.

The Olympic Sports Complex track on Mount Van Hoevenberg alerted USA Luge early Friday that all sessions, day and night, were canceled.

Sport Program Director Mark Grimmette stated that Saturday’s race action would see all athletes taking two runs. The two-heat total time would determine the Norton champions and the seeding race results. Competitions are set for men’s and women’s singles; there will be no doubles racing. Live streaming will be offered on USALuge.org.

Excessive wind and rain, accompanied by temperatures in the low-60s, took their toll on the Lake Placid course. Thursday’s training session was also wiped out due to the weather.

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for the East Branch of the AuSable River, and sections of Lake Placid were without power Friday morning.

USA Skeleton’s World Cup team trials continue as scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Forecasters say conditions will improve for the weekend.