Tucker West, US Olympic Luge Competitor: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Luge athlete Tucker West.

Tucker West is off to a strong start at this year’s Winter Olympics. The 22-year-old hails from Ridgefield, Connecticut, and will be competing in the luge, which is considered the fastest sport in the Winter Olympics.

Here’s what you should know about Tucker.


1. At Age 18 He Became the Youngest Male to Ever Qualify for USA for Men’s Luge at the Olympics

In late 2013, Tucker West became the youngest male to ever qualify for a US Olympic luge squad at the Sochi Games.

At the time, West was an honor student at National Sports Academy High in Lake Placid, New York.


2. His Father Encouraged Girls to Reach out to His “Shy” and “Very Single” Son Before the 2014 Olympics

In 2014, Tucker’s father appeared on NBC’s Today to talk about his son. He also tried to get him a date.

Speaking to Lester Holt, Brett West, Tucker’s father, said that his son was “a little shy”. He added on, “to all the young ladies out there, Tucker is very single.”

That’s when Tucker’s phone started blowing up. About 20 minutes before his first race in Sochi, he texted his father, “Dad, what did you say on the ‘Today Show?’”. Luckily, it’s become one of the family’s biggest jokes. Brett tells the Hartford Courant, “I was overwhelmed and couldn’t read them all. It’s still the biggest joke in the family… He was a good sport about it.”


3. His Father Helped Him Build a Luge in His Backyard as a Young Boy

Happy #OlympicDay!! . Those five rings represent so much. They represent all of the monumental victories, the devastating losses, the long days at the track, the countless hours in the gym, and every bump, scrape and bruise along the way. . It was, and is, a long journey to be able to wear those five rings, but you know what? I love every second of it, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! . . . #TeamUSA #USALuge #OlympicDay #Sochi2014 #pyeongchang2018 #olympics

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4. He Finished 22nd Overall in Men’s Single at the Sochi Olympics

Tucker West, Olympics Tucker West PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA – FEBRUARY 10: Tucker West of the United States slides during the Men’s Singles Luge on day one of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Olympic Sliding Centre on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

At the last Olympics, West finished 22nd overall in the men’s single. According to The Hartford Courant, he has been “accumulating valuable experiences” since those Olympics, including a bronze in the 2017 Lake Placid World Cup.


5. He Had the Fastest Time at the World Cup Race in 2017

Tucker West, Tucker West Olympics Tucker West of the United States completes his second run in the Men’s competition of the Viessmann FIL Luge World Cup at Lake Placid Olympic Center on December 15, 2017 in Lake Placid, New York.

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