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Bill Tavares staying on as USA Luge coach through 2022

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo, Emily Sweeney, of the United States, takes a curve during a World Cup luge event in Lake Placid, N.Y. Sweeney is one of three members of USA Luge's women's team that is headed to Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - Bill Tavares will try to extend his Olympic medal-winning streak through the 2022 Beijing Games.

USA Luge announced Tuesday that Tavares - who was the national team's interim coach this past season for the Pyeongchang Games - will keep the role in a full-time capacity for the next four years.

Tavares has helped the U.S. win sliding medals at every Winter Olympics since 2002, three of them in women's bobsled, one in women's luge and most recently when Chris Mazdzer won silver in the men's luge at Pyeongchang. Tavares was named interim coach in May after Miro Zayonc stepped down for health reasons.

Tavares will be helped by assistant coaches Bengt Walden and Lubomir Mick, both of whom are being retained along with strength and conditioning coach Matt Oakes and team manager Keith Younger.

CEO Jim Leahy is also committing to USA Luge for four more years, through the Beijing Games.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

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