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Orson Colby nominated to 2024 Youth Olympic Games U.S. Luge Team

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – USA Luge announced seven athletes have been nominated to represent the United States at the Gangwon, South Korea, 2024 Youth Olympic Winter Games. The race will occur at the Alpensia Sliding Center, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games site, on Jan. 19-Feb. 1, 2024.

 Wasatch Luge Club’s Orson Colby (Riverton, Utah), who trains at the Utah Olympic Park, will compete in the men’s division. 

In women’s doubles, Sadie Martin (Vermontville, N.Y.) and Haidyn Bunker (West Farmington, Ohio) have met the qualifying standards to compete. Meanwhile, Nathan Bivins (Castleton, N.Y.) and Wolfgang Lux (Swanton, Vt.) have earned a nomination in men’s doubles. 

Two women met the standard to race in the singles competition. They are Elizabeth Kleinheinz (Santa Clara, Calif.) and Talia Tonn (Cecil, Wisc.). 

The field is limited to 15 sleds in both doubles and 20 sleds for the singles disciplines. 

Qualifying was determined through International Luge Federation (FIL) sanctioned events, including Continental Cup, Youth A World Cup, Junior World Cup, or World Cup competitions during the 2023 and current seasons.

Athletes eligible to compete must have been born between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2009. 

While USA Luge nominates the team, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee will officially name the team on or about Jan. 5.  

Luge training will begin on Jan. 15, and a schedule for luge competitions can be viewed here.

The Team USA Coaching staff will include two-time Olympian Jayson Terdiman (Berwick, Pa.), 2014 Olympian Aidan Kelly (West Islip, N.Y.), and two-time Olympian for Latvia, Arturs Darznieks. 

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