West, Clukey winners at luge start championships

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Tucker West won his third consecutive men's title and Olympic hopeful Julia Clukey won the women's crown for the second straight year at the USA Luge start championships on Friday night.

Tyler Andersen and Anthony Espinoza prevailed in the doubles competition. The start championships are held on the indoor ramps at USA Luge's headquarters, and serve as the unoffical start to the sliding season that culminates in February at the Sochi Olympics.

Some of USA Luge's athletes will start on-ice training in Norway later this month, and the track at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid is scheduled to open for luge, bobsled and skeleton training on Oct. 1.