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					United States Luge Association
  TO:                     Athlete Members of USA Luge
  FROM:                   Ron Rossi, CEO
  DATE:                   April 22, 2008
  RE:                     2010 Olympic Team Selection Process


  What follows is the formal policy document which details how the 2010 Olympic Luge Team,
  that will represent us in Vancouver / Whistler, Canada, will be selected.
  It has been through the discussion and editing stages at multiple levels, and has now been
  approved by both USA Luge, through its National Team Committee, and the U.S. Olympic
  Committee (USOC), through its Team Selection Working Group. The USOC has now directed us
  to post this policy publicly as long as each of you is made aware that the policy is pending one
  final step of approval by the USOC Board of Directors, an approval that is anticipated to be a
  formality at a later date.
  This document contains all of the information you need in order to understand the 2010
  Olympic Luge Team Selection Process. It is your responsibility to read this document in its
  entirety, formulate your questions, seek out answers to those questions, and completely
  understand the Process' ramifications, well in advance of the various athlete selection
  opportunities, and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

  Please direct any questions regarding this document to Ron Rossi, USA Luge’s CEO, at the
  U.S. Luge Association office, either in person, via e-mail at RRossi@usaluge.org or via phone at
  518-523-2071 ext. 101




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United States Olympic Committee




      USA LUGE ATHLETE
  SELECTION PROCEDURE FORM

           for the 2010
    OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
               UNITED STATES LUGE ASSOCIATION
                ATHLETE SELECTION PROCEDURES
                  2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
                          April 21, 2008

I.   SELECTION SYSTEM

     A.   Provide the minimum eligibility requirements for an athlete to be
          considered for nomination to the Team:

          1. Citizenship:

             Athletes must be a citizen of the United States at the time of nomination
             and hold a valid passport that will not expire for six months after the
             conclusion of the Olympic Games.

          2. Minimum International Federation (IF, or International Luge Federation
             (FIL), in the case of luge) standards for participation (if any):

             a. It is required that an athlete reach their 15th birthday during the
                sport’s year (sport’s year is defined as the period between July 1 and
                June 30). [This means that an athlete must turn age 15 by June 30,
                2010 in order to participate in this process.]

             b. In order to race in any major competition of the FIL (World Cups,
                World Championships, European Championships), athletes must
                post at least one Official Training Run time, in the training for that
                event, that is no slower than 7% slower than the fastest training time
                of the group for the heat in question. For example, if the fastest heat
                time is a 42.077, then the slowest acceptable heat time for event
                qualification purposes would be 45.022 (42.077 + 7% of 45.022 or
                2.945 = 45.022).

             c. In order to race in the Olympic Games, the athletes must then qualify
                in, and participate in, a total of five such major competitions (to
                include Junior World Cup events) over a combination of the pre-
                Olympic season, which is currently defined as November 1, 2008
                through February 28, 2009, and the season of the Olympic Games up
                through December 31, 2009, and have earned a minimum of five
                points from the World Cup or Junior World Cup or both combined;
                or, an athlete must have earned the following minimum World Cup
                points in the Olympic season in one (1) race prior to December 31,



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           2009:
                     i. Men – 10 points (31st place finish or better)
                    ii. Women – 20 points (21st place finish or better)
                   iii. Doubles – 25 points (16th place finish or better)

           The IOC-FIL quota for athlete entries (men, women and doubles) into
           the Olympic Games is 110. If that number is exceeded and the FIL
           must then pare down the size of qualified athletes to 110, the FIL will
           do so based on overall World Cup standings as of December 31, 2009.
           (See Addendum 1).

     3. Other requirements (if any):

        Athletes must be a member in good standing of USA Luge.

B.   Tryout Events:

     1. Provide the event names, dates and location of all trials, events and
        camps to be used as part of the selection process.

        a. Pre Qualification Opportunities for 2009 Fall National Team Athletes:
           - Vancouver Pre-Olympic Test Race/World Cup race: February 16-
             22, 2009
           - Lake Placid, USA World Championships: February 2-8, 2009
           - Overall World Cup Standings (multiple sites) as of February 22,
             2009
        b. National Championships/Seeding Races – Lake Placid or Park City
           USA: March, 2009
        c. Fall World Cup Races (4-5 sites TBD): November & December 2009

     2. Provide event names, dates, locations and description of how athletes
        qualify for any “preliminary or qualifying” events or procedures that are
        prerequisites to attend any of the trials, events or camps listed above in
        B. 1 (if any).

        Athletes will qualify for preliminary/qualifying events listed above
        through entry into USLA’s National Championship/Seeding Races.
        Entry into USLA’s National Championships/Seeding Races is only
        limited by safety – all coaches present at the event make a discretionary
        decision as to whether an athlete can safely navigate the course without
        braking. All eligible USLA athletes (including those that have met the
        pre-qualification criteria) may enter USLA’s National
        Championships/Seeding Races (scheduled for early March 2009),
        which will serve as part of USLA’s 2010 Olympic Luge Team selection


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        process. At the end of USLA’s National Championship/Seeding Race
        events, a ranked list per USLA policy (see Addendum 2) will have been
        formed based on the results of those races, and from that list, plus the
        application of the USLA’s policy on the selection of its National Team
        pool (see Addendum 3), the list will eventually be reduced to
        somewhere between a minimum of 10 athletes and a maximum of 19
        athletes (which includes any athletes that have pre-qualified for the 2009
        Fall National Team).

C.   Provide a comprehensive, step-by-step description of the method that
     explains how athletes will go through the selection process to become Team
     nominees (including maximum Team size).

     A maximum of ten (10) athletes, three (3) men’s singles competitors, three
     (3) women’s singles competitors and four (4) double’s competitors (i.e. two
     teams) may qualify for the 2010 Olympic Luge Team. If a member of a
     doubles team is removed, for any of the above reasons, the whole team
     would be replaced. Members of doubles teams are not interchangeable.

     Prequalification/Verification Process Description:

     Prequalification: Prequalification allows for up to only one man, up to only
     one woman and up to only one doubles team to earn a spot on the 2010
     Olympic Luge Team.

     In order to “pre-qualify” for the 2010 Olympic Luge Team via this criterion,
     an athlete or doubles team must do one of the following:
     1. Finish the 2008-09 season in the top three (3) of the overall World Cup
         standings
     2. Earn at least a top eight (8) placing at the 2009 Lake Placid World
         Championships (February 2-8, 2009)
     3. Earn at least a top six (6) placing at the Vancouver Pre-Olympic Test
         Race/World Cup (February 16-22, 2009)

     Verification: Once pre-qualified, these athletes or a doubles team (if any)
     must then earn a top five (5) placing in any one of the 2009 Fall World Cup
     Races (the next season) in order to “verify” their selection to the 2010
     Olympic Luge Team.

     Additionally, once an athlete pre-qualifies for the 2010 Olympic Luge Team,
     he/she/they automatically become a 2009 Fall National Team member.

     After the pre-qualification process, if more than one man, one woman or one



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doubles team were to finish within the top eight (8) or top(6) in their
respective events in one of the single-event pre-qualification opportunities
noted above, or within the top three (3) of the 2008-09 overall World Cup
standings, all of which is “pre-qualifying” based on the criteria listed above,
then only the highest placing man, and/or the highest placing woman
and/or the highest placing doubles team, in any one of the three
prequalification opportunities, will be considered to have “pre-qualified” for
the 2010 Olympic Luge Team.

Should a duplicate top placing be made in each/any single event
prequalification race and/or the overall World Cup series by a different man
or men (for Men’s Singles), by a different woman or women (for Women’s
Singles), and/or by a different doubles team(s) (for Doubles), then the 2009
Lake Placid World Championship placing will be considered the placing of
highest importance and will act as the tie-breaker.

For the individual events, should a duplicate top placing be made in the
same race (i.e. there is a tie in the total aggregate time), the athlete or doubles
team with the single fastest run of the competition will rank ahead.

For the overall World Cup Series, should a duplicate top ranking be
achieved, each athlete’s/team’s best individual World Cup race result will
be compared. The athlete(s)/team(s) with the single best result of the series
will rank ahead. If this does not fully break the tie (i.e. if three tied athletes
gets reduced to two), then the second best individual World Cup race result,
and continuing in rank order, will be compared until the tie is broken.

Selection to the 2009 Fall National Team as a Qualifier:

Outside of prequalification, there is a two step process to be selected as a
nominee to the 2010 Olympic Luge Team: first, an athlete must be selected
to the 2009 Fall National Team (See Addendum 3) and second, by the results
achieved in the 2009 Fall Senior FIL World Cup racing season.

National Team pool selection will be based on the results of two races that
will act as the National Senior Seeding Races. These races are currently
scheduled for March, 2009 (a one day, two heat race and a two day, four
heat race) on either the Lake Placid or Park City track. These races will be
used to rank all USLA athletes who have qualified for, and entered at least
one of, the National Senior Seeding Races. The USLA will use the same
format for distributing points that it uses every year in the Seeding Races.
(See Addendum 2.)




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Based on the ranked list of athletes at the conclusion of the National Senior
Seeding Races, the following will happen:

From that list, the top one or two ranked men, the top one or two ranked
women and the top ranked doubles team, as noted in the cumulative
rankings after the National Senior Seeding Races have been completed, will
automatically earn a spot on the 2009 Fall National Team according to the
current USLA policies for National Team Selection. (See Addendum 3)

However, if any of the available spots on the 2009 Fall National Team had
previously been taken by a pre-qualified athlete through the method
described above, then only the top ranked man in the case of Men’s Singles,
and/or the top ranked woman in the case of Women’s Singles, and/or the
top ranked doubles team, in the case of Doubles, who are not yet pre-
qualified, will earn a place on the 2009 Fall National Team, via the results of
the seeding races.

The 2009 Fall National Team will be selected with the understanding that
prior to each World Cup race, the US entries shall not exceed five men’s
singles competitors, four women’s singles competitors and three doubles
teams (these numbers are based upon the maximum number of World Cup
participants currently allowed per National Federation by the FIL’s rules)
and prior to each Nations Cup race for the first two races, our entries shall
not exceed one men’s singles competitor, one women’s singles competitor
and one doubles team. If the team size is to be further reduced for any event
after the National Senior Seeding races have been completed, then the group
involved in team selection (See Section IIC) will develop a race-off system
for the Fall of 2009, in which the details (date(s), location(s), the format
(likely to be the best two out of three runs) and number of races) will be
announced at the time of the team selections in the Spring of 2009.

[As budget and logistical factors allow, the Executive Director will investigate the
possibility of any portion of this race-off occurring on the Vancouver / Whistler luge
track and report his findings and recommendations back to both the National Team
Committee and Executive Board].

The race-off system may include a bye for certain athlete(s) and/or teams to
race in some or all of the World Cup races as well as outline a process where
some or all athletes have no more than two opportunities to race in World
Cup races. The coaches may consider giving a bye to the top one or two
athletes on the team as selected by the coaches based on international race
results from prior years World Cup races and World Championships, to
avoid crashes that could cause the top athletes to lose the race-off and their
position on the 2009 Fall National Team. Prior to the World Cup season,


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each group of athletes (by Olympic event) will participate in a respective
race-off for the purpose of generating a ranked list for each event (separate
rankings in men’s singles, women’s singles and doubles). Coupled with
athletes granted a bye, the next top ranked athletes from the race-offs
necessary to fill out our event entries for each event will then race in at least
the first two World Cup races that fall. After two races, any athlete that has
achieved an A Tier finish or one B Tier finish will continue to race in the
remaining fall World Cup races. If all of the athletes in a particular event
meet this standard through two races, then any remaining (Nation’s Cup)
athletes for that particular event will have been considered to have been
completely eliminated from the Olympic Team selection process and will
return home. However, any athletes in a particular event not meeting the
above standard after two races will then race-off with the remaining
(Nation’s Cup) athlete for that event for the purpose of selecting the top
athlete(s) to race in the remaining World Cup races that fall. Any athlete(s)
not earning a spot in the next World Cup races will have been considered to
have been eliminated from only this part of the Olympic Team selection
process and will return home to train and await the completion of the
balance of the Olympic Team selection process. It should be noted that such
a race-off may occur on one day’s notice during what the FIL terms as ‘paid’
training as the lead-in to the next World Cup race.

The 2009 Fall National Team will be chosen on, or about, May 1, 2009, and as
long as each athlete remains eligible, will train and race as the Senior
National Luge Team through the 2009 Fall World Cup races. The athletes
selected to the 2009 Fall National Team will be expected to follow all
applicable USLA policies, a copy of which can be found on USLA’s website
– www.usaluge.org.

In the summer of 2009, all athletes that are still “alive” in the process,
meaning they have remained qualified as described above, will be expected
to remain eligible as 2009 Fall National Team athletes, which essentially
means being required to pass the physical test standards (which can be
found on USLA’s website - www.usaluge.org) applied to all team athletes
annually.

In the fall of 2009, the remaining eligible athletes will compete in the full fall
FIL World Cup schedule. Depending upon the level of their results
achieved, coupled with whether or not they are on the “pre-qualification –
verification” track, they will or will not earn a nomination to the 2010
Olympic Luge Team. Pre-qualified athletes that do not “verify” are still
eligible to make the team through this part of the process.




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      The second stage of selection to the 2010 Olympic Luge Team will then be
      based on the results each athlete/team posts in the FIL sanctioned World
      Cup races contested during the fall of 2009 (sometimes interchangeably
      referred to as ‘fall 2009 qualifying events’) in line with the following:

      •   There must be a minimum of six (6) sleds entered* in an applicable
          discipline for the race to count towards qualification for the Olympic
          Games.

      •   When there are eighteen (18) or more sleds entered in doubles, twenty-
          four (24) or more sleds entered in women’s singles or thirty (30) or more
          sleds entered in men’s singles, then the standard is one finish in the top
          five (called Tier A) – or – two finishes in the top eight for doubles, two
          finishes in the top nine for women’s singles or two finishes in the top
          eleven for men’s singles (called Tier B) – or – one finish in the top eight
          and two additional finishes in the top nine for doubles, one finish in the
          top nine and two additional finishes in the top twelve for women’s
          singles, or one finish in the top eleven and two additional finishes in the
          top fifteen for men’s singles (Tier C).

      •   When there are more than five (>5), but less than 18 (<18) sleds entered
          in doubles, less than twenty-four (<24) sleds entered in women’s singles
          and less than thirty (<30) sleds entered in men’s singles, then the
          standard(s) that need(s) to be met will correspond to the following chart:

# of           Race Result       Tier B & C: Maximum Race Result Permitted To Be Used
Entries        Needed for            Against Tier B & Tier C Qualification Definitions
          Tier A Qualification          Doubles            Women               Men
 6                 2                       3                  3                  3
 7                 2                       3                  3                  3
 8                 2                       4                  4                  4
 9                 3                       4                  4                  4
10                 3                       5                  5                  5
11                 3                       5                  5                  5
12                 4                       6                  6                  6
13                 4                       6                  6                  6
14                 4                       7                  7                  7
15                 5                       7                  7                  7
16                 5                       8                  8                  8
17                 5                       8                  8                  8
18                 5                       9                  9                  9
19                 5                       9                  9                  9
20                 5                       9                 10                 10



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21               5                        9                 10                 10
22               5                        9                 11                 11
23               5                        9                 11                 11
24               5                        9                 12                 12
25               5                        9                 12                 12
26               5                        9                 12                 13
27               5                        9                 12                 13
28               5                        9                 12                 14
29               5                        9                 12                 14
30               5                        9                 12                 15

     *Sleds entered will be defined as those sleds beginning at least one run of a
     World Cup race plus those sleds beginning the qualifying run (as defined by
     the FIL) that do not actually qualify for that same World Cup race.

     Note #1: Any athlete or doubles team that “pre-qualifies” and
     verifies” its spot on the 2010 Olympic Luge Team as described earlier in this
     document, will take up one of the available Olympic Team spots ahead of
     any athlete or team that qualifies through this part of the process.
     Conversely, any athlete that “pre-qualifies” but fails to “verify” its spot on
     the 2010 Olympic Luge Team then joins the balance of the athletes on an
     equal basis for this part of the process. These athletes would no longer
     maintain a preferential position based on the “pre-qualification” standard
     that was achieved the prior year.

     Note #2: Athletes/teams that are injured, to the point where he/she/they
     have to miss a race (as determined by the USLA’s Certified Athletic Trainer,
     and with a medical appeal possible to the USLA’s Head Team Physician)
     during the qualification period, which consists of the 2009 Fall World Cup
     Races up until December 31, 2009, will be allowed to carry over
     his/her/their Tier status from the prior year only if it was Tier A status.
     Athletes/Teams can only invoke this injury clause before a race has begun.
     Athletes/Teams cannot invoke this injury clause once they have been
     mathematically eliminated.

     •   If, at the end of the qualification period, more athletes/teams have met
         the qualification standards specified above than the maximum allowable
         entrants in a specific Olympic event then the following will occur:

     Athletes/Teams will first be grouped according to their Tier status,
     including the athletes or team that has pre-qualified and verified their
     position for the Olympic Games, and including any athletes/teams carrying
     over a Tier status from the previous year due to injury. Note: in order for



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the injured athlete/team to continue on in the process, or any athlete/team
for that matter, he/she/they must be cleared to resume competing by the
USLA’s Certified Athletic Trainer (with an appeal possible to the USLA’s
Head Team Physician), or these same medical personnel expect to clear the
athlete/team prior to the next competition necessary for the athlete/team to
continue in this selection process, and in no case later than the deadline for
the submission-of-name to the USOC.

Qualification for the Olympic Games

The “pre-qualified” and “verified” athletes/team are/is the first level of
athlete/team that qualifies for the Olympic Games.

Next, if there are less athletes/teams (remaining) in Tier A than entries (still)
available, or the number of athletes/teams in Tier A is equal to the number
of entries (still) available, then everyone in Tier A will qualify for the
Olympic Games. If entry spots are (still) available after all Tier A
athletes/teams have been considered, then the USLA will go to Tier B,
under the above sentence, and then to Tier C, again, under the above
sentence, in an attempt to fill out the 2010 Olympic Luge Team.

However, if there are more athletes/teams eligible in a Tier than entries still
available, those athletes/teams will then be ranked within their Tier.
The first and highest level of ranking will be the number of finishes achieved
in their qualifying tier during the fall 2009 qualifying events (an
athlete/team carrying over their Tier A ranking from the prior season due to
injury will be credited with zero (0) Tier A finishes). In the event of a tie
using the first level of ranking, the second level of ranking will be the
number of World Cup points achieved in the events where the athlete/team
earned their highest tier ranking or better (an athlete/team carrying over
their Tier A ranking from the prior season due to injury will be credited with
zero (0) points). In the event of a tie using the first two levels of ranking, the
third level of ranking will be the number of World Cup points achieved
through the full fall schedule (an athlete/team carrying over their Tier A
ranking from the prior season due to injury will be credited with zero (0)
points). Once the athletes/teams are ranked within their Tier, then the
number of athletes/teams in Tier A will be compared to the number of
remaining Olympic Games race entries (still) available to USLA.

With this ranking complete, the following will occur:

In the event of a “pre-qualification” and “verification” in singles, then the
next highest ranked singles athlete will qualify as the 2010 Olympic Luge



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Team nominee. In the event of no “pre-qualification” or no “verification”,
then the two highest ranked singles athletes will qualify as the 2010 Olympic
Luge Team nominees.

In the event of no “pre-qualification” or no “verification” in doubles, then
the highest ranked doubles team will qualify as the 2010 Olympic Luge
Team nominees.

Excepting those scenarios, any athletes/teams remaining in the Tier in
question will then “race-off” in a format prescribed by the coaching staff and
be ranked by those results with the top ranked athlete(s)/team(s) used to fill
out the remaining race entries. The ranking will be based on points earned
from the race-off. If only one race is feasible, then there will be no ranking,
as winner takes all. This race-off (format, location and timing) will be
announced (to USOC as well) as soon as possible after this “tie” condition
creates itself, even if it is early in the qualification period. Athletes can
expect any race off to occur after the final Fall 2009 World Cup race but
before December 31, 2009.

[As budget and logistical factors allow, the Executive Director/CEO will investigate
the possibility of any portion of this race-off occurring on the Vancouver / Whistler
luge track and report his findings and recommendations back to both the National
Team Committee and Executive Board].

Olympic Games Start Positions

For singles competition, the USLA’s position is to race the fastest athletes at
the time of competition. Should the FIL allow it, the USLA may train all of
its team athletes prior to the singles competition provided each athlete is
training from the appropriate singles racing start. Should that be the case,
doubles athletes who wish to try and qualify for the singles event may do so,
but only after getting the approval of the Official Olympic Team Staff (Staff
to be determined). This approval may be withheld so that the doubles
athletes stay focused on doubles, which is less possible when those athletes
have the unilateral right to try out for a singles slot after the main body of
the selection process, which is defined as any event/race prior to
December 31, 2009, has been completed. The Official Olympic Team Staff, on
the basis of a race-off, will then choose the singles athletes that will actually
race from amongst only those athletes that participate in the pre-race Official
Training from the appropriate singles racing start. A bye through the race-
off may be given to some athletes based on the ranking from the Trials
Process. The coaches may consider giving a bye to the top one or two of the
three singles athletes while the race occurs between the doubles athlete and
the second and/or third ranked singles athletes. This decision on whether



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           there is a race-off at all, and if so, which athletes may participate will, in part,
           be based on what it is permitted under the rules of the FIL at an Olympic
           Games.

      D.   Provide the names of all committees/groups who oversee the selection
           process, including the names and titles of the current members.

           The National Team Committee (NTC) drafted, reviewed and approved the
           selection process. The NTC is made up of primarily retired and active
           athletes (29% active athlete representation).  They worked in close
           collaboration with USLA’s Head Coach, Wolfgang Schädler.

           The NTC is made up of the following people:

           Frank Masley – Chairman                              Linard Hancock
           Dawn McGladdery                                      Julia Clukey (active athlete)
           Tony Benshoof (active athlete)                       Claire Delnegro
           Paul Baribault                                       Ron Rossi (non-voting)
           Wolfgang Schädler (non-voting)

           Additionally, a cross-section of current National Team athletes were given
           the opportunity to comment on the 2006 selection process in the fall of 2006
           after its completion, for the purpose of recommending changes for this 2010
           process, changes which were considered by the NTC and incorporated into
           this submission.

           After the NTC’s approval, this document will go to USLA’s Executive Board
           for their approval (also contains 29% active athlete representation).

           From that point forward, the Executive Director/CEO will be vested with
           the responsibility to manage the process in line with the approved policies.
           The Executive Board will respond to problems should they develop.

II.   DISCRETIONARY SELECTION (if applicable)

      A.   Provide rationale for utilizing discretionary selection (if any):

           Should the above-described qualification criteria not fill out the maximum
           roster per discipline for the Olympic Games, or if it exceeds the maximum
           roster per discipline, then discretion, as outlined below, will be used to fill
           the remaining slots.




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Discretion will be used in the following areas:

1. Section I., B. 2 – Entry into Seeding Races is made by coaches present at
   the event as to whether an athlete can safely navigate the course without
   braking.
2. Section I., C. – Selection to the 2009 Fall National Team as a Qualifier –
   The National Team Coaching Staff will develop a race-off system in the
   event the team size needs to be reduced after the National Senior
   Seeding races have been completed, and the race-off system may include
   a bye, as decided by the Coaching Staff, for certain athlete(s) and/or
   teams.
3. Section I., C. – Names, dates and locations of additional race-offs that
   will be used to determine “start positions” – National Team Coaching
   Staff will determine if doubles athletes are able to tryout to compete in
   singles events.
4. Section IV., C. – when dealing with Replacement Athletes, discretion will
   be used by the National Team Coaching Staff if the objective criteria does
   not result in a top ranked replacement, using all previously described
   criteria.

In addition, after completion of the National Senior Seeding races, any
“remaining” spots on the 2009 Fall National Team may be selected on a
discretionary basis; provided, however, that the group eventually chosen to
race in the 2009 Fall World Cup races will be comprised of at least three (3)
men’s singles competitors, three (3) women’s singles competitors and two
(2) doubles teams. Furthermore, after completion of the Senior Fall World
Cup Races (December 2009), any “remaining” spots on the 2010 Olympic
Luge Team will be selected on a discretionary basis.

NOTE: Selectors may also make a Discretionary Selection(s) in an
exceptional circumstance whereby an athlete or team that has clearly
proven in the past to be (a) medal contender(s), coupled with the
exceptional circumstance(s), prohibits them from making the team by
ranking from 2008 and/or 2009 international results. The National Team
Coaching Staff must be able to defend that had it not been for an
exceptional circumstance(s) that the athlete(s) would have clearly made
the team. This level of Discretionary Selection may only be used if the
athlete(s) was ranked in the top eight of either the overall World Cup
standings or the World Championships in either the 2008-2009 or 2009-
2010 seasons. The National Team Coaching Staff, with the advisement of
the Executive Director/CEO, must also be able to defend that by that
athlete(s) not being nominated to the 2010 Olympic Luge Team it would
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     Olympic Games.

B.   List the discretionary criteria and explain how they will be used:

     Specific items that will be reviewed by the National Team Coaching Staff to
     help with the discretionary selections are as follows, not in priority order,
     with more recent competitions carrying more weight:

     •   International Vancouver/Whistler Races and Training
     •   World Cup Races and World Championships
     •   Junior World Championships and Junior World Cup Races
     •   All Lake Placid and Salt Lake National Races and Training
     •   National Championships and Seeding Races
     •   Views of Coaches and Trainers on technical skills, future potential, and
         ability to excel under race pressure
     •   Physical Training, in and out of Season

C.   Discretionary Selection Committee

     Provide the name of the committee that will be responsible for making
     discretionary selections, along with a complete list of the members currently
     serving on the committee and their titles:

     Currently, as of the writing of this document, the three intended members of
     the National Team Coaching Staff are:

     i. Wolfgang Schädler: National Team Head Coach and Sports Program
          Director; 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympian; head coach of US Luge Team
          since 1985; Olympic Team Head Coach of US Luge Team since 1988.
     ii. Miroslav Zayonc: USLA Junior National Team Head Coach and
          Assistant National Team Coach; 1988 Olympian, 1983 World Champion;
          head coach of Junior National Team since 1991; Olympic Team Assistant
          Coach of US Luge Team since 1994.
     iii. Klim Gatker: National Team Assistant Coach.

     The National Team Coaching Staff will make a recommendation to the
     National Team Committee. The National Team Committee will grant its
     approval or disapproval based solely on its assessment as to whether or not
     the policies and procedures outlined in this document were followed
     correctly, and not on whether or not it simply agrees or disagrees with the
     discretionary decision of the National Team Coaching Staff. The National
     Team Coaching Staff will consist of a minimum of three people.
     The National Team Coaching Staff will be chosen jointly by the Chairman of


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            the National Team Committee, and the Executive Director/CEO of USLA in
            advance of the National Senior Seeding Races and in advance of the 2009
            Fall Senior World Cup season.

III.   REMOVAL OF ATHLETES

       A.   Prior to acceptance of nominations by the USOC, the USLA has
            jurisdiction over potential nominees.

            An athlete who is to be nominated to the Team by the USLA may be
            removed as a nominee for any of the following reasons, as determined by
            the USLA:

               Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to the
               USLA Executive Director.
               Injury or illness as certified by an approved USLA physician (or
               medical staff). If an athlete refuses verification of his/her illness or
               injury by an approved USLA physician (or medical staff), his/her
               injury will be assumed to be disabling and he/she may be removed.
               Violation of the USLA Code of Conduct. (Addendum 4)

            An athlete who is removed from the Team pursuant to this provision has
            the right to a hearing pursuant to the USLA’s Constitution and Bylaws
            (Version 2007 - Articles XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXV, XXVI, and XXVII) or the
            USOC’s Bylaws, Article 9.

       B.   After acceptance of nominations by the USOC, the USOC has jurisdiction
            over the Team under the USOC Code of Conduct and Grievance
            Procedures. This occurs no earlier than 45 days and no later than 30 days
            prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games (unless expressly
            waived by the USOC).

            A Team member who is accepted by the USOC is subject to the USOC
            Code of Conduct and Grievance Procedures.

       C.   An athlete may be removed as a nominee to the Team or from the Team at
            any time for violation of IOC, WADA, FIL, USADA and/or USOC anti-
            doping protocol, policies and procedures, as applicable. In such instances,
            the adjudication process will be managed through the United States Anti-
            Doping Agency.

            If a member of a doubles team is removed, for any of the above reasons, the
            whole team would be replaced. Members of doubles teams are not



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           interchangeable.

IV.   REPLACEMENT OF ATHLETES

      A.   Describe the process by which the replacement pool of athletes will be
           identified:

           If an athlete(s) needs to be replaced for any of the reasons listed above in
           Section III, a ranked list will be used: the “highest” ranked athlete(s) that
           doesn’t/don’t make the team through the process submitted here will be the
           replacement athletes, if needed.

      B.   Describe how the replacement athlete(s) will be selected, should a vacancy
           occur:

           i. prior to acceptance of nominations by the USOC:

              The ranked list will be used to nominate replacement athletes to the
              Team. If the number of entries for the Olympic Games event in question
              were filled based on the point where a Tier ended, then the
              athletes/teams in the next Tier will be ranked according to this policy to
              select the replacements. If there are no other athletes that meet all of the
              qualifying standards, then a replacement may only be chosen on a
              discretionary basis and only in line with the criteria spelled out in
              Section II.

              All replacements must continue to train in Park City or Lake Placid,
              under USLA direction, until the date for the USOC’s final submission of
              names has passed, and if applicable, any appeals to extend the deadline
              have been exhausted. Should a replacement be in line to be nominated
              to the 2010 Olympic Luge Team Team, this person’s/team’s selection
              would not occur if they have not satisfied the Official Olympic Team
              Staff of their commitment to train, listed under Section IX.

           ii. after acceptance of nominations by the USOC:

              The ranked list will be used to nominate replacement athletes to the
              Team. If the number of entries for the Olympic Games event in question
              were filled based on the point where a Tier ended, then the
              athletes/teams in the next Tier will be ranked according to this policy to
              select the replacements. If there are no other athletes that meet all of the
              qualifying standards, then a replacement may only be chosen on a
              discretionary basis and only in line with the criteria spelled out in



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                Section II.

                All replacements must continue to train in Park City or Lake Placid,
                under USLA direction, until the date for the USOC’s final submission of
                names has passed, and if applicable, any appeals to extend the deadline
                have been exhausted. Should a replacement be in line to be nominated
                to the 2010 Olympic Luge Team, this person’s/team’s selection would
                not occur if they have not satisfied the Official Olympic Team Staff of
                their commitment to train, listed under Section IX.

      C.    Identify the group or committee that will be responsible for making athlete
            replacement determinations:

             i. Group or committee who determines the replacement pool:

                If the application of objective criteria does not result in a top ranked
                replacement, then the same group referenced in Section II., C. will make
                the selection(s) needed.

            ii. Group or committee who determines a replacement to the Team:

                a. prior to acceptance of nominations by the USOC:

                   If the application of objective criteria does not result in a top ranked
                   replacement, then the same group referenced in Section II., C. will
                   make the selection(s) needed.

                b. after acceptance of nominations by the USOC:

                   If the application of objective criteria does not result in a top ranked
                   replacement, then the same group referenced in Section II., C. will
                   make the selection(s) needed.

V.    SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

      USA Luge will retain all supporting documents, including scouting or evaluation
      forms, etc., and data from the selection process for six months past the date of the
      Closing Ceremonies of the Olympic Games.

VI.   REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

      The following documents are required to be signed by an athlete as a condition
      of nomination to the Olympic Games and are included as attachments:


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      Code of Conduct (Addendum 4)

VII. PUBLICITY/DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEDURES

      The USOC approved Selection Procedures (complete and unaltered) will be
      posted/published by the USA Luge in the following locations and will include the
      USOC approval date:

      A.    NGB/PSO Web site: www:usaluge.org
            These procedures will be posted as soon as possible, but not more than five
            business days following notice of approval by the USOC.

      B.    Other: All athletes within the current team structure will also receive the
            document either via mail or in person and be required to sign and return an
            acknowledgment of their receipt of the document.

VIII. DATE OF NOMINATION

      The Nomination of Athletes form, including replacements if necessary and if
      known, will be announced to all athletes and submitted to the USOC on or about
      December 31, 2009.

IX.   MANDATORY TRAINING AND/OR COMPETITION

      Specify the location, schedule and duration of mandatory training and/or
      competition:

      Nominated 2010 Olympic Luge Team members must participate on a USLA
      organized training and racing trip, to begin sometime after the completion of the
      2009 Fall Senior World Cup Season. The anticipated announcement for this trip
      will be in the spring/summer of 2009, once the FIL finalizes its 2009-10 schedule.
      This trip will include the entire Official Olympic Team Staff, and the entire group
      will participate in training and/or racing from the beginning of this trip until the
      time the group completes its responsibilities in the Olympic Village.


X.    ANTI-DOPING REQUIREMENTS

      Athletes must adhere to all IOC, WADA, FIL, USADA and USOC anti-doping
      protocols, policies and procedures, as applicable. This includes participation in
      out of competition testing as required by the IOC, WADA, FIL, USADA and
      USOC Rules, as applicable.


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XI.   DEVELOPMENT OF SELECTION PROCEDURES

      The following committee/group (include names and titles) was responsible for
      creating these Selection Procedures:

      The National Team Committee, made up of the following members:
      Frank Masley – Chairman
      Dawn McGladdery
      Tony Benshoof (Active Athlete)
      Paul Baribault
      Wolfgang Schädler, Head Coach/Sports Program Director (non-voting)
      Linard Hancock
      Julia Clukey, (Active Athlete)
      Claire Del Negro
      Ron Rossi, Executive Director/CEO, US Luge Association (non-voting)

XII. NGB/PSO BYLAWS AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

      The USA Luge Association’s Bylaws and Grievance Procedures can be found on
      our website, at www.usaluge.org.

XIII. INTERNATIONAL DISCLAIMER

      These procedures are based on IOC and/or FIL rules and regulations as presently
      known and understood. Any change in the selection procedures caused by a change
      in IOC and/or FIL rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected athletes
      immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to
      USA Luge. However, the selections are always subject to unforeseen, intervening
      circumstances, and realistically may not have accounted for every possible
      contingency.

XIV. ATHLETE OMBUDSMAN

      Athletes who have questions regarding their opportunity to compete that are not
      answered by USA Luge may contact the USOC Athlete Ombudsman: John W.
      Ruger by:

      • Toll free telephone at (888) ATHLETE (1-888-284-5383)
      • E-mail at john.ruger@usoc.org
      • www.888athlete.org




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XV. NGB/PSO/PSO SIGNATURES

      I certify that I have read, understand and incorporated FIL standards/criteria
     into our Selection Procedures and that the information provided herein
     regarding Athlete Selection Procedures represents the method approved by
     USA Luge.

       Position                Print Name                     Signature                  Date
                          Ronald Rossi                                                3/26/08
  NGB/PSO President
  or Executive Director

  Nat. Team Coach,        Wolfgang Schädler                                           3/26/08
  Head Coach, or
  Nat. Program
  Director
                          Brian Martin                                                3/26/08
  USOC Athletes’
  Advisory Council
  Representative*


     *If USOC AAC Representative has delegated authority to the Alternate AAC Representative to
     sign the Selection Procedures, attach a letter from the AAC Representative indicating the reason
     he/she has delegated authority.
     *Signature by the AAC Representative constitutes that he/she has read and understands the
     Selection Procedures and certifies that the Selection Procedures submitted represent the method
     approved by the NGB/PSO. If the AAC Representative reads and does not agree with the
     Athlete Selection Procedures being submitted by the NGB/PSO, he/she may submit those
     reasons in writing to his/her Sport Partnerships Team or U.S. Paralympics representative.




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Addendum 1

Qualification System for XXI Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver 2010

                     INTERNATIONAL LUGE FEDERATION (FIL)

EVENTS
  • Men’s Singles - 4 competitions runs
  • Women’s Singles - 4 competitions runs
  • Doubles - 2 competitions runs

ATHLETE / NOC QUOTA

ATHLETES QUOTA                110 athletes
                              40 Men
                              30 Women
                              20 Doubles
NOC QUOTA                     10 athletes
                              3 Men
                              3 Women
                              2 Doubles

QUALIFICATION SYSTEM

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

Athletes will be ranked by World Cup points earned in the Olympic season up to
December 31, 2009. NF/NOCs whose athletes have earned a ranking in the top 40 men,
30 women, and 20 doubles will be contacted by FIL (see detail under Qualifying
Timeline) to confirm their intent to use their earned allocation.

Athletes must meet the FIL qualification criteria (see detail below). Olympic places are
awarded to the NOC represented by these athletes; the NOC will select the athletes by
name.

SYSTEM IN DETAIL

Athletes must have competed and earned World Cup points in a minimum of five (5)
World Cup, Junior World Cup, or Nations Cup races during the pre-Olympic (2008-
2009) and Olympic season (up until December 31, 2009) combined and have earned a
combined minimum of five points from the World Cup or Junior World Cup or Nations
Cup.

or


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An athlete must have earned the following minimum World Cup points in the Olympic
season in one World Cup or Junior World Cup race prior to December 31st , 2009:
   • Men - 10 points (31st place)
   • Women - 20 points (21st place)
   • Doubles - 25 points (16th place)

In the case of equal World Cup points, a tie breaker system will be used.
If there is a tie in points earned by December 31, 2009, and thereby the number of
qualified athletes exceeds the available spaces, the following will prioritize the athletes
for ranking (tie breaker):

       a. Athlete who has the better race seed (at the time the space becomes available).
       b. If the seeds are equal, then the athlete who has the better placing in a single
       race in the Olympic season.
       c. If best placing is the same, the athlete who has the greater number of better
       placings during the Olympic season.(i.e. a 12th, 16th, and 18th placed athlete
       ranks higher than a 12th, 17th, and 18th placed athlete).

NOTE: This tie breaking system is ongoing from December 31, 2009 until January 25,
2010 when the NOCs need to confirm to FIL that the earned places will be taken up (as
NOC enter or do not enter their athletes, new places could become available). However,
the tie in points is based upon the original December 31, 2009) ranking list.

HOST NATION QUALIFICATION

The host nation is guaranteed one position each in men's singles, women's singles, and
doubles if those athletes have reached the minimum qualification standards of the FIL.
If the minimum standards have not been met by these athletes, a special request can be
made by the host nation to the FIL whereby a review will be conducted to ensure the
safety of all athletes involved before admission is granted.
The host nation places will fall under the overall athletes’ quota.

REALLOCATION OF UNUSED QUOTA POSITIONS

As positions become available, the FIL office will refer to the ranking list of December
31, 2009. First priority for unused quota positions will go to qualified athletes who have
met FIL minimum qualification standards from non-represented countries. Review will
be conducted to ensure the safety of all
athletes involved before admission is granted. Once a country is represented in at least
one discipline (men's singles, women's singles, or doubles) then the remaining unused
positions will be allocated to the next ranked qualified athletes in each discipline.




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QUALIFYING TIMELINE

Date                   Qualifying events (dates & places)
1 November 2008        Start of the Qualification period
31 December 2009       End of qualification period.
4 January 2010         FIL office will contact and confirm to each NF and NOC the
                       number of allocated starting positions and their respective
                       events (men, women, doubles) that are available to that
                       particular NF/NOC
18 January 2010        NOCs must inform the IF and VANOC exactly how many of
                       their earned places and in which specific discipline they will
                       be entering athletes and submit to FIL the list by name of
                       selected athletes
19 - 25 January 2010   FIL will contact NFs and NOCs and confirm reallocation of
                       the places not taken up by NOCs on 18th January (see
                       Reallocation of Unused Quota Positions).
26 January 2010        End of reallocation period
1 February 2010        Deadline for Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee to
                       receive entry forms submitted by the NOCs




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Addendum 2

United States Luge Association
                                      SEEDING PROCESS

PURPOSE - To provide a method to rank eligible luge athletes for the purpose of National
Team Selection or for whatever use deemed necessary by the USLA.

ELIGIBILITY - Athletes will be seeded in all three Olympic disciplines; Men's Singles,
Women's Singles, and Doubles.

To be eligible to be seeded in the Senior division an athlete must meet all of the following
criteria:

    1. Be a “senior” as defined in the FIL rule book or be a “junior”, who will become a
       “senior” by the close of the following FIL sports year.

    2. Be eligible to compete on the next U.S. Olympic Team (Kunstbahn only). The U.S.
       Olympic Committee requires all U.S. Olympic Team members to be U.S. citizens at the
       time the official Olympic entry is submitted to the IOC. Therefore, only U.S. citizens
       may try out for the U.S. Olympic Team. By extension, only U.S. citizens may try out for
       any Artificial Track or Natural Track National Team unless the conditions listed as
       follows are met:

             Non-citizens of the U.S. are only eligible to try out for the National Luge Teams of
             the U.S. in the quadrennial that their five-year waiting period for citizenship is due
             to expire. They are also required to have established Permanent Residency, as
             defined by the Immigration Laws of the U.S., prior to trying out for any team.

    3. Be cleared to race from their respective start by the general consensus of the coaching
       staff present. Clearance may only be given to a competitor if that competitor is safely
       getting down the course, on a consistent basis, with no braking, during training prior to
       the race.

    4. A minimum of three (3) athletes or teams, in each respective event, must start for the race
       to be eligible to be counted as a seeding race.

To be eligible to be seeded in the Junior or Youth division an athlete must meet all of the
following criteria:

    1.) Be a “junior” or “youth” as defined by the various age classes of the FIL rule book or be
        an athlete who will become a "junior" or “youth” by the close of the following FIL
        sports year.

    2.) Competitors who compete in Junior or Youth Seeding Races must belong to one of the
        following age groups:


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NOTE: In conformance with the FIL rule book the “Year of the Event” will be defined as
      follows for this policy: For events taking place at any time during the Sports Year (the
      “Sports Year” is defined by the FIL as July 1 of one year to June 30 of the next year) the
      event will be considered as taking place in the second half of the sports year (for
      example, an October 2002 event or a March 2003 event would both be considered a
      2003 event).

Jr. Doubles:    Athletes must be born between January 1 of the year of the event minus 19 and
                December 31 of the year of the event minus 14 (Athletes born between January 1
                of the year of the event minus 20 and December 31 of the year of the event minus
                20 may compete for the title but will not be eligible to receive any points).

Junior:         Athletes must be born between January 1 of the year of the event minus 19 and
                December 31 of the year of the event minus 17 (Athletes born between January 1
                of the year of the event minus 20 and December 31 of the year of the event minus
                20 may compete for the title but will not be eligible to receive any points).

Youth A:        Athletes must be born between January 1 of the year of the event minus 16 and
                December 31 of the year of the event minus 14 (Athletes born between January 1
                of the year of the event minus 17 and December 31 of the year of the event minus
                17 may compete for the title but will not be eligible to receive any points).

                Youth A racers may compete in Junior events at any time.

Youth B:       Athletes must be born between January 1 of the year of the event minus 13 and
               December 31 of the year of the event minus 12 (Athletes born between January 1 of
               the year of the event minus 14 and December 31 of the year of the event minus 14
               may compete for the title but will not be eligible to receive any points).

               Youth B racers may compete in Youth A events at any time.

Youth C:       Athletes must be born on or after January 1 of the year of the event minus 11
               (Athletes born between January 1 of the year of the event minus 12 and December
               31 of the year of the event minus 12 may compete for the title but will not be
               eligible to receive any points).

The start height for each junior or youth class will be set at each track prior to the first official
training run.

    3.) See rule #3, #4, and #5 above under Senior division eligibility.

RANKING OF ATHLETES - Eligible athletes will be awarded points on the basis of their
results in selected seeding races. In doubles events, points will only be awarded on a team basis,
not an individual basis. The highest finishing eligible athlete or team (lowest aggregate time) will
be placed first, the second highest, second, and so on and then awarded points according to the
table which follows. A separate ranking will be issued in each of the three disciplines listed


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above based on the total number of points earned in each discipline during the seeding races. The
highest total of points will rank first, the second highest total of points rank second and so on. An
athlete or team need only compete in a single seeding race in order to be ranked.

AWARDING OF POINTS:

      PLACE              POINTS              PLACE            POINTS
         1                100                  11               10
         2                 80                  12                8             21st to final
         3                 65                  13                7             finisher - 1 point
         4                 53                  14                6
         5                 43                  15                5             Disqualified -
         6                 35                  16                4             0 points
         7                 28                  17                3
         8                 22                  18                2             Did not finish -
         9                 17                  19                1             0 points
        10                 13                  20                1

TIE - BREAKING: - FINAL RANKING LIST: - In the event a tie occurs in points during the
final ranking for any discipline, the following criteria will be used, in the order stated, until the
tie is broken:

    1. The highest finish for any individual seeding race will rank ahead.

    2. The best official run, as recorded in the official results, during any seeding race will rank
       ahead.

    3. The least number of seeding races competed in during the seeding races ranks ahead.

    4. As decided by the National Team Selection Committee in line with the discretionary
       process outlined in Section II. Discretionary Selection of the Olympic Team selection
       process document.

TIE - BREAKING: INDIVIDUAL RACES: - In the event of a tie in the aggregate time at the
end of a race, the following criteria are to be used, in the order stated, until the tie is broken:

    1. The applicable rules, if any, governing ties in the FIL rule book.

    2. The single best run of one competitor will be compared with the single best run of all
       other tied competitors and the individual who had the fastest run will be placed highest.
       The next individual with the next fastest run will be placed next highest, and so on.

    3. If the tie is still not broken, then points will be distributed in the following manner:

       All competitors will earn a placing in a race based on the number of competitors ahead of
       them (if three competitors finish ahead of an athlete then that athlete would finish fourth).
        If two or more competitors finish tied, and the above tie breakers have not broken the tie,


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       then those competitors all earn the same number of points associated with that position.
        The next competitors in line after the tied competitors are again assigned a placing (and
       therefore points) based on the number of competitors ahead of them. For the above,
       "competitors" means men's singles, women's singles or men's doubles teams. (For
       example, two competitors tie for second. The following occurs: the first place competitor
       receives 100 points, both second place competitors receive 80 points, no one receives 65
       points, and the fourth place competitor receives 53 points).

SEEDING RACES: - Two to three seeding races will be scheduled. All races will be run as close
as possible to FIL rules (Other provisions must be approved by the NTC on a case by case basis).
The seeding jury (described below) shall have the authority to reschedule these races at its
discretion. All races are to be run as close as possible to FIL rules. Changes in scheduled dates
for races must be posted no later than 24 hours prior to the deadline for entering the race. In the
event that only one race can be held due to unforeseen circumstances, the one race shall serve as
the means to seed the athletes.

SEEDING JURY: - A seeding jury of three (3) will be formed prior to the seeding races. The
seeding jury will be made up of the following three individuals:

    1. The highest ranking sports staff person in the race location (artificial track) or the
       Natural Track National Team Head Coach (natural track).

    2. An individual as selected by the National Team Committee Chairman.

    3. An athlete as selected by the USLA Athlete Reps.

    4. It is understood that this seeding jury is not the same as the race jury, which presides
       over the running of all races. The seeding jury's purpose is to oversee the scheduling of
       the seeding races in the event that the race jury must cancel a race. Therefore, the
       seeding jury is not empowered to alter the official race results or make random
       deviations from the rules during the course of a seeding race. It is expressly understood
       that the seeding jury is empowered to do all that is needed to assure that as many as
       possible of the originally scheduled seeding races are run. This includes, but is not
       limited to, the grouping of seeding races together and the running of seeding races on
       weekdays.

TRAINING: - While recognizing that the "national" training environment is different than that
encountered in the international arena, the following principles will be followed in establishing
the training schedule for seeding races:

    1. The three days before an event will be termed as "official" training days.

    2. For these three days, training groups will be determined by random draw.

    3. For these three days, the training groups will be rotated so that each group gets, as close
       as possible, equal training time on both a "prepared" track and "unprepared" track. In the
       absence of a clear interpretation of what is a "prepared" or "unprepared" track, then the


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   athletes will be broken into three groups and the training day will be broken into three
   training sessions, with each group sliding in a different session on each day so that each
   group will have trained in each possible session at the end of the three days.

4. There will be a pre-determined number of runs, including a "systematic" run if so
   requested in advance.

5. All training run times, with available split times, will be posted in a common location for
   all competitors to review.

6. A separate "doubles only" session will be held at the end of the second and third days of
   training. For these "doubles only" sessions, points 4) and 5) above will apply.




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Addendum 3

United States Luge Association
                SENIOR NATIONAL AND SENIOR NATIONAL SELECT
                          TEAM SELECTION PROCESS

Selection to the Senior National Team is made entirely on objective criteria. Each season's
Senior National Team Select athletes (chosen as outlined below) who have won a minimum of
one Senior World Cup/Senior World Championship or Olympic medal over the last two seasons
will automatically be named to the Senior National Team for the following season.

The procedure and policy for selection to the Senior National Team Select is as follows:


                                            Objectives

A) To maintain the Senior National Team Select as an extension of the Senior National Team.

B) To have it be comprised of athletes on the basis of their performance, dedication, and
   potential to graduate to the Senior National Team level.


                                            Purposes

To enable top contenders for the Senior National Team to train as a team and fine tune their
skills on varied tracks. As a result, the Senior National Team Select will maintain its position as
a strong secondary team made up of well trained, disciplined, and committed athletes. This
depth will create a highly competitive situation between the teams, resulting in a stronger
American luge program. NOTE: It is the intention of the USLA to supplement its Senior Nation-
al Team with members from this team when logistics and budgetary limitations allow. The Team
Selection Committee is empowered, at their discretion, to select any number of Senior National
Team Select athletes to travel, train, and/or race with the Senior National Team at any time
during the season and for any duration.


                                        Selection Process

A) HOW and WHEN -
The two highest ranked men, two highest ranked women, and the highest ranked doubles team
from the U.S. National Senior Seeding Races will automatically qualify for at least the Senior
National Team Select, provided that there is a minimum of ten (10) men's singles competitors,
and in the case of women, a minimum of ten (10) women's singles competitors, and in the case
of doubles teams, a minimum of five (5) doubles teams racing in each and every race in each
respective discipline.



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Should there be less than these numbers racing in each respective discipline in at least one race,
only the highest ranked men's singles competitor and in the case of women, the highest ranked
women's singles competitor, will automatically qualify for the Senior National Team Select. For
a race to be eligible as part of (to count towards) the seeding process, a minimum of three (3)
athletes or teams, in the respective discipline, must start in that race.

The selections of the remaining Senior National Team Select members are made on a
discretionary basis by the Team Selection Committee, provided that the athlete/team competed in
all the Senior National Seeding Races and/or Senior National Championships. The only
exceptions to this mandatory participation will be for a) injuries verified by a USLA approved
medical doctor or athletic trainer to be of a nature that prevents competition participation, b) an
FIL race deemed by the Sports Program Director to be of a nature that is more beneficial to the
athlete’s athletic development or c) as excused by the USLA Executive Director and relevant
Head Coach.

The criterion used by the Team Selection Committee is based on the following basic premise:
Who has the most potential to do the best in the next or future Olympic Games. To help
determine who has the most potential for the next or future Olympic Games, the committee will
review the following (not in priority order):

-   International Vancouver / Whistler Races and Training
-   World Cup Races and World Championships
-   Junior World Championships and other Elite Junior Races
-   All Lake Placid and Salt Lake National Races and Training
-   National Championships and Seeding Races
-   Views of Coaches and Trainers
-   Physical Training - in and out of season

It is also understood that the athletic team staff will always attempt to fill out any World Cup or
World Championship race roster and its accompanying training session with other than Senior
National Team athletes, when additional positions are available for qualified athletes, in
accordance with USLA policies and within budgetary limitations. Additional positions will be
filled on a discretionary basis by the highest ranking athletic team staff present and are valid for
that event only. Once a training entry roster is completed for a race, the athletic team staff may
choose the final entries from any eligible athletes without regard to their status on a particular
team.

The Team Selection Committee will meet three times a year (it can meet more often if need be).

The first time will be at the end of the competitive season. One of its duties will be to pick the
respective athletes it desires to be included on the Senior National Team Select.

The second time that the Team Selection Committee will meet is prior to the fall training trip. At
this time, one of its duties will be to select any additional athletes to the Senior National Team
Select, if desired. The same team size restrictions and selection criteria will apply.




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The third time the Team Selection Committee will meet is after the fall trip. At this time, one of
its duties will be to pick a new Senior National Team and Senior National Team Select, and if
desired, select Senior National Team Select athletes to travel with the Senior National Team if so
budgeted. These selections will also be based on the same discretionary criteria mentioned
previously. The athletes picked at this time are not obligated to compete in the seeding races in
Lake Placid if the schedules conflict; however, they must understand that by not competing in
the seeding races, their selection in the spring would be based solely on the subjective guidelines
previously outlined.

The Team Selection Committee may meet at any time it deems necessary if they feel they wish
to fill a vacancy on the team.

It must be noted that the National Team Committee, the Racing Committee, and appropriate staff
must work together to schedule the seeding races in a timely fashion so that the National Team
Committee can design selection criteria for major international events (i.e., World
Championships, Lake Placid World Cup, etc.) around or incorporating the seeding races. The
scheduling of seeding races can and is encouraged to be used for selecting additional athletes,
other than the Senior National Team members, to compete in these other major international
events.

B) WHO WILL SELECT -
A Team Selection Committee, consisting of members of the Athletic Department staff approved
twenty-four hours in advance of the actual team selection meeting by the Executive Director and
the National Team Committee Chairman, will fill the team spots. Discretionary picks may be
left unfilled at this committee's choice when forming the team but justification to remove
someone once the team is selected must be documented.

The combined total number of athletes for the Senior National Team and Senior National Team
Select will be a maximum of twenty-three (23), comprised of a maximum of nineteen (19)
athletes of any age, and a maximum of four (4) additional athletes of an age that represent their
first year of ineligibility as a Junior ("graduating junior"), due to their reaching too old an age to
any longer be considered a Junior.

                                    Length and Expense of Trip


The length and schedule of any Senior National Team Select trip shall be decided by the
National Team Committee as track availability and Senior National Team and Junior National
Team schedules allow. Senior National Team Select athletes will be required to pay all expenses
associated with the trip (travel, track use, coaching, room and board, transportation, etc.) when
funds are not available.

                                               Conduct


The objective of the Senior National Team Select is to produce trained, competitive athletes
capable of making the Senior National Team. All Senior National Team Select members are


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expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with USLA policies. They are also
required to participate, to the best of their ability, in all activities including a physical evaluation
test. During all trips, the Senior National Team Select manager and coach will remain in contact
with the USLA and will have full authority over the Senior National Team Select members.


                                              Vacancies

A) If an athlete cannot attend a trip due to financial reasons (when the athlete must pay for the
   trip out of their own pocket) they will still retain their Senior National Team Select status for
   the remainder of that selection period. This vacancy may be filled at the Team Selection
   Committee's choice as previously outlined.
B) In the event an athlete qualifies in more than one discipline, i.e., singles and doubles, the
   vacancy created can be filled by the Team Selection Committee as previously outlined.




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Addendum 4

UNITED STATES LUGE ASSOCIATION
                                  Code of Conduct
                            For Luge Athletes, Officials, Volunteers and Staff
                               participating in training programs under the
                             auspices of the United States Luge Association

The following USLA rules have been established to help each of us bring honor and integrity to our
country and our sport. Working together not only promotes individual growth, but also creates a spirit
of team unity. The purpose of each rule is to have it serve as a guideline to develop your maximum
potential. Although not everyone will make an Olympic Luge Team, all of us have the opportunity to
put forth an Olympic effort. If you have questions concerning any of these rules, you should contact
the USLA for a further explanation. Your commitment to the USLA is a commitment to the
acceptance of these rules, and any violation will result in disciplinary action.

                  GENERAL INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS
Anyone participating in a program conducted under the auspices of the USLA, including residents at the
U.S. Olympic Training Centers (OTC), or participating in a USLA program outside of the United States,
must abide by its contents.

By signing this document you will be acknowledging that you have read it, understood it, and are willing
to abide by its’ contents.

Persons present while any violation of the Code of Conduct occurs must leave the area immediately or be
considered a participant by choice.

Any person observing or having knowledge of an activity, which may discredit the
USLA, harm a program participant, or disrupt the program must approach the
offending individual(s) and inform him, her or them of their unacceptable behavior. If
this misbehavior continues, the observer is expected to report it immediately to a staff
member or, if a staff member is not available, an athlete representative. The USLA will
ensure that the observer is not exposed to any repercussions.

                                        RULES OF CONDUCT
A. All athletes, coaches, staff, officials, and volunteers will maintain an atmosphere of mutual
   respect toward each other, those we do business with, and those we may come in contact with
   during the execution of our luge duties and activities.

B. Athletes should, at all times, show the utmost respect for all coaches, officials, and staff
   members, and obey any and all instructions given by those in authority. If there is a conflict
   in instructions, the final decision will be made by the highest ranking staff member present
   and all parties will abide by the decision without further comment.


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C. Unacceptable behavior will result in commensurable disciplinary action and will include, but
   not be limited to:

    1. Any act considered to be an offense under, or violation of, Federal, State, or local laws.
       Local laws include any foreign nation that may be visited during a USLA program.

    2. Gross misconduct (i.e., harassment, inappropriate horseplay, stealing, graffiti, etc.)

    3. Unsportsmanlike conduct, including abusive language in public places, temper tantrums,
       or any such unbecoming attitudes. We are proud of our sport and our country, and
       should set good examples at all times.

    4. Any divulgence of information concerning training techniques and technical information
       to unauthorized persons.

D. All participants involved in USLA programs will honor not only the rules and regulations of
   the USLA but also those rules and regulations of any venue or equipment (i.e. training
   centers, luge facilities, meeting facilities, hotels, rental vans/cars, etc.) both nationally and
   internationally.

E. Any loss of property or intentional or unintentional physical damage to the property of any
   venue that occurs as a result of a violation of section C. or D. above will be paid for by the
   individual(s) involved. In the event an individual cannot be specifically identified, the USLA
   is permitted to spread out the damage costs over other individuals with a connection to the
   offense (e.g. a hotel room of occupants can be equally charged for damage that may have
   been caused by only one person but is not provable as such).

F. No one will commit a doping violation as defined by the International Olympic Committee
   (IOC), World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA),
   United States Olympic Committee (USOC), or International Luge Federation’s (FIL) rules.
   Should any participant have an illness or medical condition that requires him/her to take a
   particular medication that is on the WADA list of Prohibited Substances and Prohibited
   Methods, he/she will apply for approval from the relevant anti-doping organization for the
   therapeutic use of a prohibited substance by filling out a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
   form.

G. No one may possess or use any illegal substances, including recreational drugs. Alcohol
   abuse will not be tolerated. And we ask all our members, in deference to the athletic nature
   of what we do, to avoid the use of tobacco.

H. Harassment, based on sex, age, race, color, religion, national origin or physical condition is
   prohibited.

I. In the event any member of the USLA has a complaint/grievance that falls under the control of USLA,
   NO individual may contact any sponsor (i.e. employees, partners, concerned individuals, et. al.) for
   any reason related to the complaint/grievance until such time that all hearings (including any appeals)
   related to the complaint/grievance have been fully completed.


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                                   DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in, but not be limited to:

1. Disbarment from a day's schedule of activities.
   This action towards a participant not practicing on a given day shall be limited to one
   occurrence. The second violation will be considered of a more serious nature, and the
   penalty will be more severe.

2. Athletes may have their movements restricted for a given period of time and confined to a specific
   location (e.g. confined to the OTC or hotel for a period of time).

3. Community service assigned by the USLA.

4. Fines that don’t exceed $100.

5. Temporary suspension from the program (length to be determined by a disciplinary committee).
   If the suspension involves a request for an athlete to return home, then the athlete will be
   required to reimburse the funding organization (i.e., the USLA, USOC or USLA sanctioned
   club) the full cost of returning home, if applicable. The athlete may not return to the program
   after the suspension until all outstanding financial debts have been settled.

6. Fines that exceed $100.

7. A written report by a staff member submitted to the Executive Board for further possible action.

8. Loss of opportunity to participate in future programs conducted under the auspices of the USLA.

9. Permanent expulsion from the program and the OTC, and sent home at his or her own expense.

 The disciplinary figure on any USLA team is one or all of the coaching staff. Any infraction of the
 “Rules of Conduct” for points A through E will see immediate disciplinary action enforced by the
 coaching staff.
 A serious infraction of points A through E in the “Rules of Conduct” may see immediate disciplinary
 action by the coaching staff and further possible disciplinary action decided upon by a committee of
 three. The committee of three will also decide the disciplinary action for any infraction of points F
 through I in the “Rules of Conduct.”
 The committee of three will be made up of two appropriate staff personnel, and at least one athlete
 representative, if one is available. If an athlete representative is not available, the two athlete
 representatives to the Executive Board will select a replacement. In the event that the disciplinary action
 involves either staff person, or no staff person is present, then the USLA Recruitment and Development
 Manager, and USLA Executive Director, in that order, will fill out the decision making body. In the
 event that the disciplinary action would subsequently involve any athlete chosen to sit on the
 discretionary committee, then the two Executive Board Athletic Representatives will select a new
 representative. The responsibility for administering the disciplinary action lies with the staff member(s)
 of the body that decided what disciplinary action to take.



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 Any disciplinary action being contemplated by the coaches under points 6), 8) and 9) must be decided
 upon by a committee of three. Nothing herein negates an athletes’ right to a hearing before being
 declared ineligible.
 Any disciplinary action contemplated under points 8 and 9 must be confirmed by the Executive Board in
 line with the procedures under the "Eligibility Code", Section IX, Investigative Procedures, exchanging
 the term "Code of Conduct" for the term "Eligibility Code" in all instances.
 Any person who wishes to contest any decision resulting from this Code of Conduct may do so
 according to the Grievance Procedure outlined in the bylaws of the USLA.

                                        ACKNOWLEDGMENT
I agree to abide by the provisions and requirements of this Code of Conduct, and understand the possible
consequences if its provisions and requirements are violated.
I also agree to be responsible for all costs for damage for which I am deemed responsible.


Signature of Participant                                           Date


Printed Name

                             PARENTAL CONSENT FOR DISCIPLINE
                                          AND
                               AGREEMENT TO PAY DAMAGES

PARTICIPANTS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME THIS FORM IS SIGNED MUST HAVE
THIS PORTION COMPLETED BY THEIR PARENTS OR LEGAL GUARDIANS.

This is to certify that I, _____________________________________, as parent (guardian) of

____________________________________________, do hereby give consent to the United States Luge
Association, its assigned officials, and staff to discipline the individual who has acknowledged this copy
of the Code of Conduct while a participant in, arriving for, or departing from a program during which this
Code of Conduct is applicable. I also agree to be responsible for all costs for damage for which said
individual, acknowledging this copy of the Code of Conduct, is deemed responsible.



Signature of Parent of Guardian                                    Date




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XIV. ATHLETE OMBUDSMAN

    Athletes who have questions regarding their opportunity to compete that are not
    answered by USA Luge may contact the USOC Athlete Ombudsman: John W.
    Ruger by:

    • Toll free telephone at (888) ATHLETE (1-888-284-5383)
    • E-mail at john.ruger@usoc.org
    • www.888athlete.org

XV. NGB/PSO/PSO SIGNATURES
     I certify that I have read, understand and incorporated FIL standards/criteria
    into our Selection Procedures and that the information provided herein
    regarding Athlete Selection Procedures represents the method approved by
    USA Luge.

      Position               Print Name                      Signature                  Date
     NGBCEO/
                            Ronald Rossi                                              3/26/08
   Executive Director
                                                      /Ux^^/tW
   Nat. Team Head
      Coach, and
     Nat. Program       Wolfgang Schadler                                            3/26/08
       Director
    USOC Athletes'
   Advisory Council
    Representative*         Brian Martin                                              3/26/08


    *If USOC AAC Representative has delegated authority to the Alternate AAC Representative to
    sign the Selection Procedures, attach a letter from the AAC Representative indicating the reason
    he/she has delegated authority.
    *Signature by the AAC Representative constitutes that he/she has read and understands the
    Selection Procedures and certifies that the Selection Procedures submitted represent the method
    approved by the NGB/PSO. If the AAC Representative reads and does not agree with the
    Athlete Selection Procedures being submitted by the NGB/PSO, he/she may submit those
    reasons in writing to his/her Sport Partnerships Team or U.S. Paralympics representative.




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           Claire Del Negro
           Ron Rossi, Executive Director/CEO, US Luge Association (non-voting)

XII.       NGB/PSO BYLAWS AND GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
XX) The USA Luge Association's Bylaws and Grievance Procedures can be found on our
      website, at www.usaluae.om.

XIII. INTERNATIONAL DISCLAIMER
           These procedures are based on IOC and/or FIL rules and regulations as presently
           known and understood. Any change in the selection procedures caused by a change in
           IOC and/or FIL rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected athletes
           immediately. The selection criteria are based on the latest information available to
           USA Luge. However, the selections are always subject to unforeseen, intervening
           circumstances, and realistically may not have accounted for every possible
           contingency.

        XX) XIV. ATHLETE OMBUDSMAN
           Athletes who have questions regarding their opportunity to compete that are not
           answered by USA Luge may contact the USOC Athlete Ombudsman: John W. Ruger
           by:

           1 Toll free telephone at (888) ATHLETE (1 -888-284-5383)
           2 E-mail at John.ruger@usoc.org
           3 www.888athlete.org

XV. NGB/PSO/PSO SIGNATURES
            I certify that I have read, understand and incorporated FIL standards/criteria
           into our Selection Procedures and that the information provided herein
           regarding Athlete Selection Procedures represents the method approved hy USA
           Luge.

              Position               Print Name                           Signature                    Date
                                Ronald Rossi                                                        3/26/08
        NGB/PSO President or
        Executive Director

        Nat. Team Coach, Head   Wolfgang Schadler                  ,.   s?-^   ••'   ,1       /^'
                                                                                                    3/26/08
        Coach, or
        Nal. Program Director                                 5&&/i w*fa
                                Brian Martin                                              •    y    3/26/08
        USOC Athletes'
        Advisory Council
        Representative*

           *If USOC AAC Representative has delegated authority to the Alternate AAC Representative to sign the
           Selection Procedures, attach a letter from the AAC Representative indicating the reason he/she has
           delegated authority.
           * Signature bv the AAC Representative constitutes that he/she has read and understands the
           Selection Procedures and certifies that the Selection Procedures submitted represent the method
           approved by the NGB/PSO. If the AAC Representative reads and does not agree with the
           Athlete Selection Procedures being submitted by the NGB/PSO, he/she may submit those reasons in

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             XIV. ATHLETE OMBUDSMAN

                        Athletes who have questions regarding their opportunity to compete that are not
                        answered by USA Luge may contact the USOC Athlete Ombudsman: John W.
                        Ruger by:

                        •    Toll free telephone at (888) ATHLETE (1-888-284-5383)
                        •    E-mail at john.ruger@usoc.org
                        •    xvww.888athlete.org

             XV. NGB/PSO/PSO SIGNATURES

                         I certify that I have read, understand and incorporated FIL standards/criteria
                        into our Selection Procedures and that the information provided herein
                        regarding Athlete Selection Procedures represents the method approved by
                        USA Luge.

                            Position              Print Name                      Signature                  Date
                          NGB CEO /
                       Executive Director       Ronald Rossi                                                3/26/08
                       Nat. Team Head
                          Coach, and
                         Nat, Program        Wolfgang Scha'dler                                             3/26/08
                           Director
                        USOC Athletes'
                       Advisory Council                                                                 ?
                        Representative*         Brian Martin
                                                                       ^J^cS                                3/26/08


                        *If USOC AAC Representative has delegated authority to the Alternate AAC Representative to
                        sign the Selection Procedures, attach a letter from the AAC Representative indicating; the reason
                        he/she has delegated authority.
                        *Signature by the AAC Representative constitutes that he/she has read and understands the
                        Selection Procedures and certifies that the Selection Procedures submitted represent the method
                        approved by the NGB/PSO If the AAC Representative reads and does not agree with the
                        Athlete Selection Procedures being submitted by the NGB/PSO, he/she may submit those
                        reasons in writing to his/her Sport Partnerships Team or US. Patalympics representative.




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