USA Luge coach Miro Zayonc steps down, citing Parkinson's

Miro Zayonc has stepped down as USA Luge's head coach, citing the continuing onset of Parkinson's disease.

He has been in the top role since 2012, helping oversee a major turnaround for the Americans and preparations for next year's Olympics. USA Luge has won 29 World Cup medals in the last two seasons, along with three medals at this past season's world championships.

Zayonc will be replaced for the coming season by Bill Tavares, who is being promoted to the interim role from his spot as an assistant.

Zayonc will remain with USA Luge as senior adviser to CEO Jim Leahy. He also will work alongside sport program director Mark Grimmette.

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