You may remember the buzz that surrounded the Ridgefield, Connecticut family that helped their son Tucker fulfill his dream of competing in the Olympics. Tucker West, along with his father, created a luge in their backyard. That’s where young Tucker would practice so that he could one day become Olympic royalty in the Men’s Luge. That dream was fulfilled when he competed in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. He was the youngest to ever qualify in his sport at the age of 18. He placed 22nd in the men’s single competition. He also became a bit of a celebrity heartthrob when his dad told the Today Show that his son was shy and single. Now, a freshman at Union College, he still calls Ridgefield his home and continues to compete in the luge. But whatever happened to that backyard luge that his father, Brett, built when young Tucker was only seven-years-old? You know that luge that ran 750 feet, had a PA system, weather station, electric timing, an automatic icing spray system and lighting for nighttime runs? Well, it fell into a bit of disarray- but the good news, according to Dad’s Facebook post earlier today, is that it’s back!… and he’s welcoming the neighborhood kids to come check it out. Because it’s so cold outside, he even managed to get in the luge’s first run earlier this morning!
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Photos courtesy of Brett West via Facebook