DiGregorio and Hollander give USA Luge its first World Cup doubles win in 18 years

Zachary Di Gregorio, front, and Sean Hollander of the United State finish first in men's doubles at the World Cup luge event in Lake Placid, N.Y., Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Zach DiGregorio and Sean Hollander gave the U.S. its first luge World Cup doubles gold medal in nearly 18 years on Friday, winning the opening race of the season at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

DiGregorio and Hollander had the second-fastest time in both heats and finished in 1 minute, 27.630 seconds. That was 0.052 seconds better than the Austrian sled of Thomas Steu and Wolfgang Kindl, who had the lead after Run 1 but had just the seventh-best time in the second heat.

It was the first win for a U.S. sled in the last 184 World Cup men's doubles races, going back to Dec. 9, 2005 — when Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin got the last of their 11 World Cup wins.

The World Cup luge circuit is in Lake Placid this weekend for the first time since 2019. Chris Mazdzer, the 2018 Olympic men's silver medalist for the U.S., will take the final run of his career in the men's sprint race there on Saturday.

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