Pilot Chemical to host USA Luge Slider Search in St. Bernard on Saturday

CINCINNATI -- The U.S. National Luge Team will be in Cincinnati on Saturday, Oct. 5 for the Pilot Chemical Luge Slider Search.

The U.S. National team is hosting the event for young athletes, both boys and girls ages 9 to 13 years old, who want to experience the thrill of a luge competition.

The event will take place between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tower Avenue in St. Bernard. Participants can register for one of the free clinics online at: usaluge.org

The young athletes will have the chance to make several runs down a paved street on wheeled sleds and will be "trained" under the guidance of USA Luge National athletes and coaches.

Those who show the most promise at the clinics will be invited to train in Lake Placid, N.Y. and will be considered for selection to the U.S. Junior Development Luge Team.

“Pilot Chemical is thrilled to bring our partnership with the U.S. National Luge Team home to Cincinnati,” said Pam Butcher, President and Chief Operating Officer of Pilot Chemical Company. “The program allows local youth to be exposed to the sport, as well as, be given the opportunity to try out to become an Olympic athlete.”

USA Luge uses the Pilot Chemical Slider Search, now in its 28th season, as its primary means of athlete recruitment.
"The Slider Search is a key program for our organization," said Fred Zimny, recruitment manager for USA Luge and U.S. Olympic Committee Coach of the Year in 2000. "We look forward to giving enthusiastic youngsters the chance to have fun, experience the sport and perhaps qualify for our Junior Development Team."
U.S. Luge athletes have won over 590 international medals in the past nine years. Included in that total are silver and bronze medals during the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games, 25 World Cup victories, four overall World Cup doubles crowns, 18 Junior World Championship titles and 12 Senior World Championship medals.
Pilot Chemical has been an official supporter of USA Luge since February 2013. Pilot Chemical helps generate awareness of the sport of luge, attracting thousands of new fans. Through its financial support, Pilot Chemical also assists athletes with their training and development expenses.
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