Tucker West becomes first U.S. men’s luge World Cup winner since 1997

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Olympian Tucker West won a World Cup luge race in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Friday, becoming the first U.S. man to prevail on the circuit since 1997.

West, 19, clocked a two-run time of 1 minute, 42.117 seconds, breaking the track record in both runs. He won by a comfortable .773 over Austrian Wolfgang Kindl. Italian Dominik Fischnaller was third.

”These are some of the top dogs,” West said, according to The Associated Press. ”I never knew that I could compete with them at such a level.”

Two-time reigning Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany was sixth. Loch has not finished worse than sixth in a World Cup race since the 2010-11 season.

In February, West finished 22nd in Sochi as the youngest U.S. Olympic luger ever.

The last U.S. man to win a World Cup race was Wendel Suckow on Feb. 15, 1997.

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