A freshman at Union College in Schenectady, NY, here’s what West said moments after qualifying for the Sochi games in an interview posted Dec. 20 (see video, above): “I’m humbled and honored to be able to represent Team USA. I put in a lot of work for this and I really hope I can be a good representative for the country.”
Men’s luge will be broadcast according to the following schedule from NBC:
- 12 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8 (singles competition, NBC)
- 8:30-10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 (singles competition , NBCSN)
- 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 (men’s singles gold medal final, NBC)
- 12:05-1:05 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 (gold medal final runs, NBC)
- 2-3 p.m. on Wedneday, Feb. 12 (gold medal final runs, NBCSN)
- 12:05-1:05 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13 (team relay gold medal final runs, NBC)
West says in his Olympics website profile that his father Brett build him a backyard luge track after he was inspired following the Winter Games in Turin in 2006.
Though Sochi is West’s first Olympic games, he’s an accomplished athlete in the sport, with a 2013 Junior World Cup team bronze medal and 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games team relay gold medal under his belt.
Here’s what he says on making the team, according to the luge team website: "It's a good feeling. Back in middle school, people would ask me, 'When are you going to make the Olympics?' And I said, 'I'll shoot for 2018.' It's a big surprise."
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