May 14, 2016

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) USA Luge is staying in Lake Placid for at least five more years, thanks in large part to a $6 million commitment from two state agencies.

The association's board of directors voted unanimously Saturday to remain in Lake Placid, choosing a bid from its one - and still only - home base over one from Park City, Utah.

''USA Luge plays a central role in Lake Placid's storied history, and we are thrilled they will remain in the region,'' Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. ''All New Yorkers take tremendous pride when our athletes excel on the international stage, and USA Luge is critical to achieving that goal and inspiring the next generation of Olympians in this state.''

USA Luge will receive $5 million in funding from the Olympic Regional Development Authority toward the construction of a new state-of-the-art start ramp facility, and $1 million over the next five years from New York's economic development agency to support marketing and promotion - namely televised events.

Lake Placid's future as the team's headquarters was put in some doubt last year, when USA Luge said it would solicit bids in an effort to help enhance its financial footing. Park City and Lake Placid were the only bidders, which made sense since those are the sites of the only two international sliding tracks in the U.S.

''At the end of the day, this process was all about providing our athletes the much needed resources so that they can compete at the highest level representing Team USA,'' USA Luge President and CEO Jim Leahy said.

USA Luge has been based in Lake Placid since the association was formed in 1979, and won a team-record 18 medals on the World Cup circuit this past winter.

The team will continue having a ''robust presence'' in Park City as well, Leahy said.


AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.

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