Eighth-grader has strong finishes at USA Luge Junior National Championships


Shelburne Community School eighth-grader Gavin Shamis finished race season last weekend at the USA Luge Junior National Championship and Seeding Races in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Shamis raced up one age class (20 and under) with only one week’s training at the higher start at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. This class starts just below the Men’s Olympic start.

With a wind chill of 24 degrees below zero on both days of racing, steering was a challenge. Shamis persevered and landed a bronze medal on the first day. He just missed the podium on the second day, finishing fourth, despite putting in a personal best on his first run.

Shamis finished fourth in the Championship and after the seeding points were tallied, Shamis became the fourth-seeded junior luge athlete in the country going into next season.

Shamis is in Shelburne this week before leaving for Utah for sliding sessions and to complete filming for a national awards special, highlighting his story with ccThrive. He will be returning to SCS for the remainder of the year in April.

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