LAKE PLACID - Steve Holcomb of Park City, Utah is used to winning on the ice and his performance at the 93.3 WSLP Open Luge Start Championship on Saturday was no different but for one notable exception: his sled.
The 2010 Olympic gold medal winner in the four-man bobsled topped the men's division during the event, held at the USA Luge Start Training Complex in Lake Placid.
In addition to winning the men's competition, Holcomb also posted the fastest time of the day, earning a berth into the USA Luge Start Championships on Oct. 7, where he will compete against the members of the national team.
Holcomb posted a winning time of 1.425 seconds.
Other winners of interest included Eileen Hamlin, of Remsen, mother of 2009 world champion Erin Hamlin, in the women's age 15-49 division.
Larry Sweeney of Suffield, Conn., father of current national team athlete Emily Sweeney and retired racer/Olympian Megan Sweeney, took the gold in the men age 50-plus category.
The event was a chance for the general public to see and try the sport of luge for the first time. National luge team athletes were on hand to lend support, coach the beginners on the technique needed to complete a start, and sign autographs, but did not compete.
The below results are the top three finishers in each category. For perspective, the national team record for men is 1.260 while the women's record sits at 1.290.
|Boys to age 15|
|1. Liam Chaskey, Plattsburgh||1.596|
|2. Noah Tavares, Lake Placid||1.647|
|3. Devin Decharm, Pennington, N.J.||1.685|
|Girls to age 15|
|1. Bayley Hookway, Pittsford||1.659|
|2. Megan Hookway, Pittsford||1.668|
|3. Emma Trail, Lake Placid||1.684|
|Men age 16-49|
|1. Steve Holcomb, Park City, Utah||1.425|
|2. Philip Jaeger, Greenfield Center||1.438|
|3. Laszlo Vanracsek, Lake Placid||1.447|
|Women age 16-49|
|1. Eileen Hamlin, Remsen||1.545|
|2. Jazmine Fenlator, Lake Placid||1.576|
|3. Emily Samuelson, Ann Arbor, Mich.||1.642|
|Men age 50-plus|
|1. Larry Sweeney, Suffield, Conn.||1.558|
|2. Skip Chaskey, Plattsburgh||1.592|
|3. Brad Dates, Sterling||1.622|
|Women age 50-plus|
|1. Paige Jaeger, Greenfield Center||1.638|
|2. Sue Sweeney, Suffield, Conn.||1.774|