Igls, Austria — Tristan Jeskanen of Peru was part of the four-person, USA Luge team that won a silver medal Saturday at the Junior World Championships held at the 1964 and 1976 Olympic site outside Innsbruck, Austria.
Jeskanen, 17, was on a doubles sled with partner Justin Krewson of Eastport. They anchored the medal-winning performance on a clear, warm day in the South Tyrol region.
Sochi Olympic singles racers Summer Britcher and Tucker West, both graduates of National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, preceded Krewson and Jeskanan in the unique event where sleds cross the finish line and the athletes hit a touch pad above the track. That triggers a start gate at the top of the course, allowing the team’s next sled to take its run. With the clocking running continually, the team’s final time is registered when a racer from the doubles sled smacks the pad, thus stopping the clock.
This exciting event will make its Olympic debut in Sochi Feb. 13. Earlier in the day, Krewson and Jeskanen placed 10th in the doubles competition. The duo will return to the United States after the weekend, while Britcher of Glen Rock, Pa., and West of Ridgefield, Conn., will fly in the opposite direction to the Winter Olympic site in Russia. Training in Olympic singles begins Tuesday, with racing underway Feb. 8 at the Sanki Sliding Center in the Caucasus Mountains above Sochi.