The Olympics will have started when you read this and I thought you might be interested in an 18-year-old young man from Connecticut. After the 2002 games, the then 6-year-old asked his dad if they could build a backyard luge track. This was accomplished and the track was improved over the years. Eventually, the family joined the Adirondack Luge Club and made frequent trips to Lake Placid. By 2014, Tucker West qualified for the U.S. team at age 18 and will be competing at Sochi.
He is one of our eastern winter sports enthusiasts and one of our New York State products. The facilities built by New York State for the 1980 Olympics are still in good shape and are used for training bobsledding and luge. You will probably hear stories about Tucker many times if you watch the luge competitions. The story was published in ESPN Magazine and was written by Chris Jones.
Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.