Photo courtesy of Team USA Luge
Whitehall native and Team USA luger Riley Stohr (right) stands on the podium after earning a bronze medal in Igls, Austria at a junior World Cup event Feb. 9. At left is silver medalist Anton Schreiber of Germany and at ce
WINTERBERG, Germany Ė If there is one member of the USA Luge Junior National Team saddened by the end of the season, itís probably Riley Stohr.
The slider from Ludington, Mich, who lives in Whitehall, Mich., closed his Junior World Cup campaign last Friday, Feb. 15, with a fourth consecutive trip to the podium in Youth A men. The classification is for youngsters to the age of 18.
The 16-year-old raced to a silver medal in Winterberg, Germany, showing resilience in overcoming a fifth-place opening run with the second-fastest final heat. Stohrís two-run time of 1 minute, 28.046 seconds put him 0.26 of a second behind gold medalist Anton Schreiber of Germany.
Stohrís blistering finish to the season gave him 310 Youth World Cup points, second in the overall chase only to Schreiberís 345. Stohr did not finish the first two races of the year, events where his first heats were fast. Once he solved the riddle of putting down two consistent runs, however, Stohr found a regular spot on the podium. Stohr, in fact, was the only luger in the Youth A class to record four podium finishes.
Schreiber did not compete in two events this season, but had two victories and two silver medals to take the season-long Youth A title.