LAKE PLACID (AP) - The ice-covered sliding track at Mt. Van Hoevenberg has opened for the season, despite unseasonably warm temperatures.
Five past USA Luge Olympians were in the group that opened training this morning. Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake was first down the track for the season, sliding across ice even though it was 54 degrees outside.
Mazdzer says "it's about time" the teams finally got on ice. Training was to have started Monday, but the Adirondack Mountains have seen daytime highs hover about 20 degrees above normal for this time of year.
Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake is the first slider to launch this morning as the luge-bobsled-skeleton track opened for the season. (Photo provided by the Olympic Regional Development Authority)
The track where the U.S. bobsled, skeleton and luge teams do much of their training has a refrigeration system that can keep the runs iced even in warm weather.