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U.S. Luge Team Hopeful

Whistler, British Columbia (ap) — Julia Clukey leads a contingent of 10 athletes on the U.S. luge team entering the first day of competition at world championships on the Olympic track at Whistler.

The U.S. team also includes Chris Mazdzer and World Cup rookie Taylor Morris in men’s singles. Erin Hamlin and Emily Sweeney, who just won the 2013 junior world title, and 2008 world junior champion Kate Hansen will slide women’s singles — the first worlds for both Sweeney and Hansen. The teams of Matt Mortensen and Preston Griffall, and World Cup rookies Jake Hyrns and Andrew Sherk will compete in doubles.

Four of the sliders will be selected by USA Luge officials to compete in the team relay. Doubles and men’s singles are today, followed the next day by the women’s race and the team relay.