LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) Reigning USA Luge national champion and 2014 Sochi Olympic team member Aidan Kelly will skip this year's international sliding season while recovering from a herniated disk.

Kelly is planning to train in the U.S. this winter, after he recovers.

Kelly was 20th in last season's World Cup standings, highlighted by an eighth-place showing on his home track at New York's Mount Van Hoevenberg.

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