YouthBuild Worcester students recently learned about the sport of luge with 1998 Nagano Winter Games Double Luge Silver Medalist Gordy Sheer, and then experienced the thrill of luge first-hand at the Norton Luge Challenge, held at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Massachusetts.
During the classroom discussion with Gordy, the students came prepared with a lot of questions and curiosity about the sport of luge, what it takes to be a luge athlete and why the sled is such an important part of the sport.
The students then learned how impactful Saint-Gobain’s work and involvement with the athletes has made –and continues to make—a significant material difference in how the athletes train, compete, and, ultimately, win medals!
Following the classroom presentation, the students took to the slopes at Wachusett Mountain and put what they learned about the sport of luge into action!
After a basic lesson in acceleration, steering and stopping techniques from the USA Luge athletes and coaches, the YouthBuild students were able to take practice runs on a recreational version of a luge sled down a track complete with curves and timing equipment.
It was a great day for three partners to come together to make a difference in the lives of the next generation of potential athletes and professionals!
Go Team USA!