Thursday March 10, 2016
Gavin Shamis placed first at the 2016 Norton Youth National Championship held recently at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, New York. Over 50 youth athletes from around the country attended the three-event weekend. According to Team USA, the South Burlington racer won the first of two seeding races and converted his first day lead into a national championship. Shamis is a student at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School and a member of the USA Luge Junior National Team in training for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. A childhood cancer survivor and former competitive swimmer, Shamis co-founded a national charity called ccThrive, which aims to help childhood cancer survivors realize their full potential. The now national champion posted a personal best in the first run of 45.917 and won gold for the day. After the win, Shamis said, “This is amazing. I was really hoping for it (national championship) but not sure I would get it. Going off this at the end of the season makes me confident I can progress in this sport and go how I want it to.” Team USA reported the results from this championship event will help determine next year’s teams, which will be announced May 1.