Lugers competing in Europe

Two area natural track luge athletes recently left for Europe where they will train and compete in two races in Austria and Italy. From left is their coach, Levi Underwood, 21, of Dukes; racer Tristen Vidlund, 16, of Negaunee; and racer Dakota Smith, 19 of Marquette. The Winterieiten Austria was held Thursday and Friday, while the Latsch Italy runs next weekend, Jan. 6-8. Underwood has competed for 17 years in natural and artificial luge in the U.S. and Europe. All three have trained at the Negaunee natural luge track, according to Upper Peninsula Luge Club President Fred Anderson. (Submitted photo)