USA Luge hosting free kids’ event in Saginaw County

BUENA VISTA TWP., MI — USA Luge is hosting a clinic for youths this weekend in Mid-Michigan in hopes of finding future Olympic athletes.

In two separate sessions Sunday, Aug. 27, people are invited to bring their children ages 9 to 13 to the Derby Downs in Buena Vista Township’s Lions Park, 1942 S. Outer Drive, to participate in luging. The cost is free and no experience is required.

The first session runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and the second session from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Saginaw County stop is one of eight total across the country that USA Luge is hosting, with the help of fast-food chain White Castle, to get kids interested in the sport and possibly become Olympic athletes.

“We’re here in Saginaw looking for Olympians,” USA Luge Junior National Team Coach Fred Zimny said.

Even though that’s the hope, Zimny said he welcomes all kids to come out and have fun participating in an afternoon of downhill sledding.

The organization hosted two sessions on Saturday, but the turnout was minimal.

Those who show interest in the sport get a chance to attend the screening camp in Lake Placid, New York.

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