For youth, there's Terwillegar, 20, who placed fifth among women at the worlds. "Erica very good athlete," says Grinshpon, "but she not yet very stable. One competition she do great, one time she make stupid mistake. Can use coaching."
For luck, try Bonny Warner, a Stanford junior from Mount Baldy, Calif. In 1979, while reading a magazine in her high school library when she should have been studying, she spotted an ad for a contest to pick the torchbearers for the '80 Winter Games. She entered and, to her surprise, won. That got her to Lake Placid, where luge was about the only sport she didn't catch. But she saw a notice for a luge development camp after the Games and hung around. While in Placid, Warner received word that she'd won $5,000 in still another contest, Levi's Olympic Opportunity Sweepstakes. The windfall allowed her to go off to Germany for a season to train. By 1981 Warner had made the U.S. Junior Team; two years later she placed seventh in the worlds. "Very stable," Grinshpon says, "Gets better and better."
So has the U.S. team. But to win a medal in February, they'll need a lot of luck, too, which they just may have. Last week in Igls, Warner bought a ticket in the Austrian lottery. She won 10 schillings (50�).