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Course correction in attitude steers U.S. luger Summer Britcher toward Winter Olympics

Course correction in attitude steers U.S. luger Summer Britcher toward Winter Olympics

Rattling down the ice at 80 mph, Summer Britcher steered her sled into the next-to-last turn on the luge track — and crashed. In hindsight, she said, the wreck in that World Cup qualifying race in November was well-timed. Yes, it kept Britcher out of the luge finals in Igls, Austria, but it also gave the Baltimore-born Olympian time to re-evaluate her attitude toward the daunting sport that could earn her a medal in South Korea this month.

“Sitting there [in Austria], I realized I was putting too much pressure on myself and not really enjoying the sport that I love,” said Britcher, 23, of Glen Rock, Pa., about 8 miles north of the Maryland border. “I needed to change my mental...

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