Four years ago, Tucker West became the youngest man ever to represent the U.S. in luge when he competed at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014.
Now 22 years old, West will return to the Games along with two-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer and Taylor Morris, who were named to the team on Friday and now officially begin the pursuit of winning Team USA’s first individual men’s medal in the sport.
The three athletes secured their Olympic nominations on Friday by virtue of their finishes this season. West and Morris earned Tier A status in the Olympic selection procedures with their third and fifth place finishes in Lake Placid, New York. Mazdzer had earned Tier C based on finishes from previous world cup races; he finished eighth at Lake Placid.
West is ranked No. 18 overall to lead the U.S. men. Earlier this year the Danbury, Connecticut, native clocked the fastest start in a world cup race on the same course he’ll be racing on in PyeongChang, and in 2016 he won world cup gold medals both in Lake Placid, New York, and Whistler, British Columbia. He finished 22nd in Sochi.Download the Team USA app today for breaking news, Olympic and Paralympic team bios, videos and more.
Mazdzer, 29, from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, is the veteran of the team, having competed both at the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010 and again in Sochi in 2014, finishing 13th both times. The seven-time national champion, who also has 10 career individual world cup medals, is ranked No. 22 in the world cup standings.
Morris, 26, is ranked 28th in the world and will be making his Olympic debut. The native of Salt Lake City has had a pair of top-25 world cup results this season and last season finished fifth in the world championship sprint race.
The three athletes were chosen from five who were named to the world cup team in November, along with John Fennell and Jonny Gustafson.
The luge season continues with the FIL World Cup this weekend in Lake Placid, New York, with men’s doubles and singles races on Friday, followed by women’s and sprint races on Saturday.