Top U.S. luge team out of German World Cup meet

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Two-time Olympic doubles luge medalist Mark Grimmette has back spasms and will not race this weekend at a World Cup meet at Koenigssee, Germany.

He and U.S. teammate Brian Martin plan to resume their season the following weekend in Igls, Austria. The two won a bronze medal at the 1998 Winter Games and a silver in 2002.

Grimmette began feeling the spasms during the team's three-week holiday break, the team said. He will fly to Germany and rejoin the U.S. luge team Friday.

"I'm confident that I can come back and slide as strong as I was before," Grimmette said. "Other than missing this weekend's race, the spasms have not and will not affect my preparation for February's games."

The Grimmette-Martin duo is one of two doubles teams USA Luge nominated to the Olympic roster for the Torino Games. Olympic rookies Preston Griffall and Dan Joye are on the other sled.