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USA Luge Team looks for riders in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash -- Do you dream of winning a gold medal at the winter Olympics? If so, this weekend is your chance to make that dream come true.

Young athletes, aged 11-14, who want to experience the thrill of luge and train under the guidance of USA Luge National Team coaches and athletes can do so on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9, when the Verizon-USA Luge Slider Search rolls into Yakima.

The event will be held on 96th Ave., between Zier Road and Wide Hollow Blvd., from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

During the Verizon-USA Luge Slider Search Clinic, USA Luge coaches and athletes teach youngsters the basics of riding a luge sled, including position, steering and stopping. Armed with the basics, the young athletes make several runs on a wheel-equipped luge sled. 

The cost is $15 per youngster and includes a Verizon-USA Luge t-shirt.

For complete information and to register, visit or call 1-800-USA Luge.