Shoulder injury sidelines Britcher for season finale

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • Summer Britcher will miss the final World Cup luge race of the season because of a shoulder injury.
  • The Glen Rock woman has been battling the shoulder injury since November.
  • Britcher won the under-23 world title this season and will finish 10th in the World Cup standings.

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Glen Rock's Summer Britcher will miss the final World Cup luge race of the season because of a shoulder injury she's battled since November.

USA Luge's medical staff recommended that Britcher shut down early and miss the finale this weekend in Altenberg, Germany. Britcher will have an MRI performed on her shoulder later this week.

In this Feb. 18, 2017 photo, Glen Rock's Summer Britcher gestures after her second run of the women's Luge World Cup at the Alpensia Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Britcher will miss the World Cup season finale with a shoulder injury.

Britcher won the under-23 world championship this season and will finish 10th in the women's World Cup standings. She helped the U.S. win a bronze medal in a team relay at Lake Placid early in the season, and she had a pair of fourth-place finishes in singles events.

Britcher is bidding for a spot on the team going to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. She was 15th at the 2014 Sochi Games.