Two of the members of Team USA competing in Luge and Bobsleigh PyeongChang, South Korea, have ties to our region:
Home: Saranac Lake, New York
Olympic history: Sixth in team relay and 13th in singles in 2014 in Sochi; 13th in singles in 2010 in Vancouver
Career highlights: Tied best US finish in history by ranking third overall in 2015-16 World Cup final standings.
Won three World Cup events in 2015 and placed fourth in singles and sprint in 2016 World Championships.
Backstory: Attended the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid.
He’s the athlete representative to the executive board of the Federation of International Luge.
Home: Whitehall, New York
Olympic history: First Olympics
Career highlights: 20th in 2015 World Championship Four-man; won gold and bronze in 2017-18 World Cup Two-man races in Lake Placid.
Backstory: Claims he has more health supplements than clothes in his closet. First competed in 2011-12 Youth Olympic Games qualifier.
Was a high-school quarterback who then trained in bobsled at the Lake Placid track. Was the first U.S. bobsledder to qualify for Pyeongchang as the top-ranked pilot in the four-man sled.