Grimmette-Martin luge team returning for fall season

Updated: May 10, 2006, 5:23 PM ET
Associated Press

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin, the most decorated doubles team in American luge history, are among 13 racers who will be on the U.S. national team for the fall season.

Grimmette and Martin contemplated retirement after the Torino Olympics, where they crashed out of the competition and did not add to their collection of medals; the duo won bronze in 1998 at Nagano and silver at Salt Lake City in 2002.

But USA Luge announced Wednesday that not only are Grimmette and Martin returning, but they are also doing so "with their sights set on the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver."

Also on the fall roster are doubles teams Preston Griffall and Dan Joye, plus Matthew Mortensen and Garon Thorne; men's singles racer Tony Benshoof; and women's racers Courtney Zablocki, Ashley Hayden, Erin Hamlin, Samantha Retrosi, Julia Clukey and Brenna Margol.

Benshoof and Zablocki both finished fourth at the Torino Games, narrowly missing medals.


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