Team USA is looking for kids who'd be good at the luge

The nationwide slider search will be in Minnesota this weekend.

The U.S. luge team is looking for new members, and there will be an event this weekend in Minnesota to find some. 

USA Luge and White Castle are hosting a slider search for kids ages 9-13 at Riverside Park in Minneapolis on Sept. 9-10. 

U.S. Olympic and National Team coaches and athletes will teach kids the basics of riding a luge sled, then once they've got the hang of it they'll take runs down a paved luge course using a luge sled with wheels. There will also be some fitness tests. 

Kids who show some natural skills will be invited to a try out a real luge at a USA Luge-sanctioned training site in New York, Utah or Michigan. 

The top athletes will then be picked for next year's USA Luge Junior Development Team. Those who do well could end up becoming a member of the U.S. National and/or Olympic luge teams. 

The slider search program got started in 1985, and since then it has introduced the sport of luge to 25,000 kids, including some who went on to win Olympic medals. 

How do you sign up? 

To participate, sign up for one clinic (they're two or three hours) by calling 1-800-USA-LUGE or filling out this online registration form

The event is free, and anyone who participates gets a White Castle USA Luge Slider Search T-shirt. 

For more information, click here

Next Up

All Energy Solar Residential Installation

End 'renting' from your utility company and go solar

A solar installation is one of the few home improvements that actually pays for itself.

Byron Buxton

Twins talking contract extension with Byron Buxton

The Twins are 88-38 over the past two seasons with Buxton in the lineup.

minneapolis police

Police arrest man in connection to deadly Minneapolis hit-and-run

The victim died the scene in north Minneapolis on Friday.

Jordan Greenway

Wild's fast start vanishes in loss to Coyotes

Arizona scored five unanswered goals in a 5-2 loss.

Screen Shot 2021-03-06 at 4.12.00 PM

Police seeking tips in search for road rage shooting suspect

The incident took place in Maplewood last week.

Paige Bueckers

Paige Bueckers lands on Wooden Award list for women's college basketball

The Hopkins grad is the only freshman on the 15-player ballot.


Team USA looks a lot like Lynx

The Minnesota Lynx are sending more than their fair share to the London Olympics as part of the Team USA basketball squad -- Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen. The Associated Press writes in a profile of the three players that the Lynx have taken over the WNBA. Now they're looking to conquer the world.

The Miracurl on Ice: Team USA wins gold

They won five straight to clinch the improbable gold.

Instant classic: USA women win gold in shootout over Canada

Seven Minnesota natives and more with Minnesota connections helped in the win.