USA Luge promotes Ironwood native

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Robert Fegg is taking over as coach of USA Luge’s national team, the organization said Wednesday.

As part of those moves, Pat Anderson, 39, of Ironwood was promoted to junior national team head coach.

Fegg replaces Bill Tavares, who has been the team’s head coach since 2017. Tavares has been with USA Luge since 2010 and will remain on the coaching staff.

Fegg has spent the past two years as head coach of USA Luge’s junior national team. He is a native of Germany, makes his home in Calgary and also has coached the Canadian and South Korean teams.

Tavares has coached medal winners in each of the last five Olympic Winter Games — with the U.S. women’s bobsled team in 2002, 2006 and 2010, then Erin Hamlin’s luge bronze in 2014 and Chris Mazdzer’s luge silver in 2018.

The World Cup and Junior World Cup seasons are scheduled to begin in November.