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Tucker West's Dream

Tucker West is the youngest Olympian to ever make it into the U.S luge team. At the age of 13, he was to make a major decision that could change his life. Whether to go out away from his family for a distant team, or to go to a traditional high school. West made the choice to go out for the U.S luge team for the Olympics. As he quotes, "My parents (Brett and Pam) made it easier on me by visiting as much as they could, and showing their utmost support. Looking back on it now, I think that decision was one of the biggest moves of my career, and played a big factor into where I am today." Making the choice that West did, made a huge impact on his life.

Sochi Olympics

West arrives at the Sochi Olympics in Russia. He finally gets to live his dream and achieve the goals he has made! HE will begin his training and get ready for the games.
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Luge History Article

Though the sport of luge is relatively new, sled racing is one of the oldest winter sports. The practical use of sleds is ancient and widespread. The first recorded sled races took place in Norway sometime during the 15th century. The sport of luge, like the skeleton and the bobsleigh, originated in the health-spa town of St Moritz, Switzerland, in the mid-to-late 19th century, through the endeavours of hotel entrepreneur Caspar Badrutt. Badrutt successfully sold the idea of winter resorting, as well as rooms with food, drink, and activities. His more adventurous English guests began adapting delivery boys' sleds for recreation, which led to collisions with pedestrians as they sped down the lanes and alleys of the village.

The first organized meeting of the sport took place in 1883 in Switzerland. In 1913, the Internationale Schlittensportverband or International Sled Sports Federation was founded in Dresden, Germany. This body governed the sport until 1935, when it was incorporated in the Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT, International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation). After it had been decided that luge would replace the sport of skeleton at the Olympic Games, the first World Championships in the sport were held in 1955 in Oslo (Norway). In 1957, the Fédération Internationale de Luge de Course (FIL, International Luge Federation) was founded. Luge events were first included in the Olympic Winter Games in 1964.

Americans were slow to adopt the sport of luge. The first luge run in North America was built at Lolo Hot Springs, Montana in 1965.[6][7]Although the United States competed in every Olympic luge event from 1964 through 1976, it was not until 1979 that the United States Luge Association was founded. The first artificial American track was completed in that year for use in the 1980 XIII Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid, New York.[4] Since that time the United States luge program has greatly improved. A second artificial track was constructed near Park City, Utah for the 2002 XIX Olympic Winter Games at Salt Lake City.

Before the Fame

Before becoming an Olympic athlete, West was just a young, typical, 13 year old from Connecticut. He would always be up and ready to watch the Olympics from the opening to the closing ceremony. His dream was to become one of those famous athletes and receive a goal metal or just participating in the games. His father, Brett West, knew how much his son was into it. Especially, the sport, Luge. After a while, his father built a luge track in the West's own backyard. Soon after, one of the Luge Olympic athletes was amazed by the scene and lead West to his dream.
Team USA on the road to Sochi 2014- US Luge Team

Training, No Lacking

Team USA feel better and better each day of training. They all worked hard for this day to come and reach their goal, to get the best and win gold. All athletes are excited and ready for whatever hits them.
Winter Olympics 2014 Preview: Luge Training | Sochi Olympics

Luge Training 2014

Before the Sochi Olympic games began, the Olympic athletes were being trained. In this case, the luge team was always ready to go full out to their best. They want to receive the gold and walk out as winners!
Tucker West qualifies for Sochi as the youngest Luge athlete ever

Interview

West is determined to do the best he possibly can. He is interviewed about his sport and how he is proud to represent Team USA. He's hoping to continue.
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Selfie Before Olympic Games Open

Tucker West and fellow teammate, Chris Mazdzer, take a "selfie" before the games begin. The games begin at 7:30 am on Friday in Russia.
Germany Wins Olympic Luge Team RelayA great win for team USA - Innsbruck 2012 Luge Team RelayGermany

Team USA

After all of the warming up, training, getting ready for the big day, the day finally came. During the 2014 Olympic games, Germany won the gold, Russia won silver, and USA took sixth place.