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Ridgefield's West Glides To Bronze In World Cup Luge Event

Tucker West of Ridgefield glides along the track Saturday in Germany.
Tucker West of Ridgefield glides along the track Saturday in Germany. Photo Credit: Facebook/Team Tucker

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield's Tucker West won a bronze medal in a World Cup luge event Saturday in Winterberg, Germany.

West won his fourth medal of the current World Cup campaign by staging a rally in the final run. After a pounding snowfall in the first heat, West rushed down the course in the final run to grab the bronze.

“To take third place was a real success after the terrible training I had,” West said in a story on TeamUSA.org. West crashed twice in the six official training runs before the race.

The medal gave USA Luge a total of 12 for the 2014-15 World Cup season. The team is within one medal of its single season high of 13 set in 1996-97.

Germany’s two-time Olympic champion Felix Loch won the race, his fifth victory of the season. Stepan Federov of Russia had his first career podium result to take the silver.

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