Luge star to train like a MMA star

Erin Hamlin from USA starts during the Women's Luge World Cup competition in Altenberg, Germany in 2009. (AP Photo/Eckehard Schulz)

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Luge and MMA are teaming up, for training at least.

Former luge World Champion Erin Hamlin will visit the gym where the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s former lightweight champion, Sean Sherk, trains, Minnesota Martial Arts Academy in Minneapolis, on July 27.

Hamlin, of Remsen, N.Y., is training for the upcoming World Cup luge season with her eye on the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

“Variety is an important part of any training regimen,” said Hamlin, winner of two medals during the 2010-11 luge World Cup season. “The UFC athletes are among the top in the world, and I look forward to seeing what I can incorporate into my strength, speed, and agility training plan.”

Sherk, of St. Francis, Minn., first visited USA Luge in October of 2010 with several members of the UFC executive team, including UFC President Dana White. Sherk returned to Lake Placid in March of 2011 to meet with coaches and athletes. There, he took several team members through a battery of training exercises, including several using the Elevation Training Mask, which simulates high altitude training. He also had a chance to take a trip down the luge track.

The nine-race World Cup Luge season begins on Nov. 26 and 27 in Igls, Austria, while the U.S. team will hit the ice for pre-season training in Lake Placid in mid-October.

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