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December 11, 2012

Peru slider earns silver in debut

LILLEHAMMER, Norway — Peru’s Tristan Jeskanen and teammate Justin Krewson of Eastport captured a silver medal in their international debut Friday as the Junior World Cup luge season got under way.

The future of USA Luge looked bright with gold- and silver-medal performances by doubles sleds in different age groups.

Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Ty Andersen, of Alpine, Utah, teamed with Anthony Espinoza, of Park City, Utah for a 0.087 of a second win over the Czech Republic’s Zemanik and Petrulak in the junior division (to age 20).

“Ty and Anthony had inconsistent training until the last few days,” said first-year Junior National Team coach Tony Benshoof. “Then they started putting down good runs. These were some of their best runs all week.”

Krewson and Jeskanen had a pair of steady runs on the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic track and collected a silver medal in the (younger) youth division (to age 18).

The Russian youth team of Maltsev and Faskhutdinov had the two fastest runs en route to a winning time of 1:11.953. Krewson and Jeskanen improved from third after the first heat to second and picked up the silver medal in 1:12.608.

“Justin and Tristan had some problems with the start curve,” continued Benshoof. “You had to paddle through it. But they actually had great training all week.”

They also raced in the youth singles competition, with Krewson taking seventh and Jeskanen finishing 13th.

The United States juniors were poised to collect another gold medal as Riley Stohr had a substantial lead at the midway point of the youth men’s event. But the Whitehall, Mich., luger could not complete the second heat and was eliminated from the competition.

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