A Luge World Champ, Right in Fort Washington

Local man places 21st in the world in international luge championship.

The same luge track that took the life of a Georgian Olympiad in the 2010 Vancouver games played home to the world luge championship this past weekend. While a German took top billing, some local Americans represented their country by taking 21st place in the world.

According to Yahoo! SportsAndrew Sherk, of Fort Washington, Pa., missed the top 18 cut. Racing along with Jake Hyrns, of Muskegon, Mich., the duo officially placed 21st based on their first heat time.

In a Baltimore Sun-produced YouTube video shot Jan. 20, 2010 at Lake Placid, N.Y. Tony Benshoof, another American luger, talked about the track at Whistler.

He called the Vancouver track "very challenging."

"It's fast from the top down," he said. "You've got your hands full."

For the full video, see the attached media.


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