Ridgefield's Tucker West Wins Singles Title In U.S. Luge Event

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Ridgefield's Tucker West won the singles title in the U.S. Luge seeding race last weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Ridgefield's Tucker West won the singles title in the U.S. Luge seeding race last weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y. Photo Credit: USA Luge website

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Fresh off his first Winter Olympics, Ridgefield’s Tucker West won the men’s title in USA Luge’s National Seeding Races last weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The results will help determine the composition of the 2014-15 national team.

West won Saturday’s singles race in 1:45.378, just ahead of Aidan Kelly, who finished 0.519 seconds behind West. On Sunday, West finished fourth, which created a tiebreaker with Taylor Morris, who won Sunday’s race. West won by having the fastest time among the four heats from the weekend. West’s best time was 52.525, while Morris’ best was 52.63.

Sunday's race concluded the season for the Senior National Team athletes.

The 18-year-old Ridgefield native was the youngest member of the U.S. luge team in Sochi last month. West gained fame when his father announced to the world on the "Today" show that he was "very single." 

West learned to luge originally on a homemade luge run his father built in their Ridgefield backyard. 

Visit the U.S. Luge website for more information about the weekend's races.

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