Local Youth Qualify For Seats On The USA Luge Junior National Team

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Olympic Stardom on the Horizon for Two Aspiring Lugers

USA Luge Sport Program Director, Mark Grimmette today announced the appointment of two local athletes to the US Luge Junior National team. Keightlynn Kishbaugh, 11 of Berwick and David Klingerman III, 11 of Catawissa, both qualified for seats on the USA Luge Junior National Team.

The Comet Foundation, a not-for-profit organization based in Berwick brought the US Luge Slider Search to the area in June of 2014. The Slider Search is the catalyst for aspiring athletes to try Luge and the first step in qualifying for advancement. “I’m so happy to see two athletes come from the first ever Slider Search in the area,” says Kathryn Terdiman, President of the Comet Foundation. “It’s great to see these kids channel their energy into something so life changing. They’re an inspiration to their peers.”

After the 2014 Slider Search 11 athletes qualified to advance to the next level and participate on ice at the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Kishbaugh and Klingerman were two of those participants that went on to be named official team members.

Jayson Terdiman, USA Luger and Olympic Athlete says, “It’s humbling to see the support the community is investing into the program as well as the local youth. They’re truly making a difference.” As official team members, Kishbaugh and Klingerman are well on their way to Olympic stardom. Both newly appointed team members will participate in the USLA Summer Camp this summer in Lake Placid and train for the 2015-2016 season.

The Comet Foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in Berwick, Pennsylvania. It’s duty and purpose is to address, educate, coordinate, and provide aid to aspiring young athletes interested in non-traditional sports and individuals pursuing excellence via educational/leadership endeavors.

Based in Lake Placid, New York, USA Luge is an Olympic class member organization of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of luge in the United States. A not-for-profit organization, USA Luge - the official American representative to the International Luge Federation (F.I.L.). Chartered in 1979, as a direct result of the Congressional Amateur Sports Act of 1978, it is the responsibility of USA Luge to recruit, prepare, train and equip the United States National Luge Team for international and Olympic competition, as well as promote the growth of the sport nationwide.

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