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Downhill sport heads upstate this Saturday

After the clinic, the coaches will choose those who they find promising to go to a one-week screening camp at the Lake Placid Olympic Center in the fall.

"They would stay at the Olympic training center and really get a crash course in luge," Zimny said. "They go out and slide on the actual luge run every day."

"[It's] really a very intense week of training so we can really evaluate them and see who has the talent," he added.

Following the screening camp, the number of kids are narrowed down and will be named to the Junior Development Team.

"It's sort of the first rung in a ladder that could eventually lead up to an Olympic team one day," explained Zimny.

Those who are interested in taking part in the clinic may call 1-800-USALUGE or visit www.usaluge.org. Although it is recommended kids sign up ahead of time, Zimny said there will probably be room for those who just want to show up the day of the event. There will also be two clinics at CCC Saturday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 11.

"If nothing else, just come out and try it," Zimny said. "And, if it's the beginning and the end of your luge career, at least you had a good time."

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