Andersen, Espinoza capture luge start title |

Andersen, Espinoza capture luge start title

Submitted by United States Luge Association LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - On the frozen ramps of the USA Luge Indoor Start Training Complex, Tucker West took his third-consecutive USA Luge Start Championship title, while Julia Clukey added her second-consecutive t

From left, Jake Hyrns, Andrew Sherk, Ty Andersen, Anthony Espinoza, Christian Niccum and Jayson Terdiman pose for a picture at the USA Luge Start Championship in Lake Placid. Photo courtesy of USA Luge

The relay system tests start reaction time, as a gate swings from closed to open to start the clock on the final heat. The newest Olympic event, the team relay, will incorporate the same gate concept in Sochi, Russia, five months from now.

Andersen, of Alpine, Utah, and Espinoza, of Park City, Utah, saw a summer’s worth of hard work pay off when they won in 2.846 seconds. The 2013 Junior World Championship bronze medalists edged out World Cup medalists Christian Niccum of Woodinville, Wash., and Jayson Terdiman of Berwick, Pa., who finished in 2.882.

Jake Hyrns of Muskegon, Mich., and Andrew Sherk of Fort Washington, Pa., Junior World Cup podium regulars making the jump to the National Team, were third in 2.931.

Some members of the National Team will head to Lillehammer, Norway, to hit the ice on Sept. 28. Those not making the trip will begin their season in Lake Placid, N.Y., at the Olympic Sports Complex. World Cup team qualification races will begin in Lake Placid on Oct. 12 and continue in Park City on Oct. 20. is expected to provide live coverage of both events.