Luge Athletes Pursuing Their Dreams

 Northwood school is widely known for its athletic success, especially in hockey, skiing and soccer. Two students are following a different path this year and pursuing Luge with the hopes of earning a spot on the junior national team, and eventually the Olympics.  

Luge is a winter sliding sport where athletes (called “sliders”) race down an icy track on a small sled. The fastest time down the hill wins the race. The sport is not unlike sledding children do when they take their plastic sleds and speed feet-first down a snowy hill. But luge sleds weigh 50 pounds and can hit speeds of 90 miles per hour. Clearly bravery and adrenaline are involved in luge. 

Like many sliders, Darryl Cooper ‘24 and Sadie Martin ‘25 had interesting ways of finding the sport. “My parents saw an ad on Facebook to try luge,” said Martin. “The people that I met were nice and they told me that I could be good at it,” she added. Darryl came to the sport when he saw some people trying these plastic sleds one day while skiing. Both students train in Lake Placid, the home of USA Luge and one of only two luge tracks in the country. They occasionally travel to Park City, Utah for training and competition on a different track. They hope to compete internationally. 

Both student-athletes have major goals for this sport. “My goal is to make it to the Olympics,” Martin said. Cooper has his sights set on the Youth Olympics “I am currently training and hoping to participate in the 2024 Youth Olympic Games. Also, I and hoping to be doing Youth World Cup races starting 2023.” 

Overall, this introduction of a new sport at Northwood is extremely exciting and the community cannot wait to see where it takes them! 

Did You Know? Kei Takahasi ‘98 (above, left) competed in Doubles Luge for Japan in the Olympic Games in 1998 and 2002. 

Did You Know? Current faculty member Ms. Raychel Germaine (above, right) is a former member of the USA Luge National Team. She competed internationally for 9 years between 2010 and 2019.  

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