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Medway’s Zack DiGregorio helps give USA Luge its first World Cup doubles win in 18 years

Zachary Di Gregorio reacts with compatriot Sean Hollander after competing in the final run of the luge doubles event at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.FRANCOIS-XAVIER MARIT/AFP via Getty Images

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Zach DiGregorio, of Medway, and Sean Hollander gave the United States its first luge World Cup doubles gold medal in nearly 18 years Friday, winning the opening race of the season at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

DiGregorio and Hollander had the second-fastest time in both heats and finished in 1 minute, 27.630 seconds. That was 0.052 seconds better than the Austrian sled of Thomas Steu and Wolfgang Kindl, who had the lead after Run 1 but had just the seventh-best time in the second heat.

It was the first win for a US sled in the last 184 World Cup men’s doubles races, going back to Dec. 9, 2005 — when Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin got the last of their 11 World Cup wins.

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The World Cup luge circuit is in Lake Placid this weekend for the first time since 2009. Chris Mazdzer, the 2018 Olympic men’s silver medalist for the United States, will take the final run of his career in the men’s sprint race there Saturday.