At a young age, Tucker West was inspired to try luge when watching the 2002 Olympic Winter Games at his home in Ridgefield, Connecticut. His father, Brett, decided to construct a homemade wooden luge track in their backyard and the rest is history. Since then, he has emerged as one of the top young talents on the U.S. national team, finishing seventh in the 2016-17 overall world cup standings after recording 10 top-10 finishes on circuit, including wins in Lake Placid, New York, and Whistler, British Columbia, where he holds the track record on both courses. He wasted no time getting to the podium in 2017, winning a historic team relay silver medal at the FIL World Championships in Igls, Austria. The podium finish marked the first medal for Team USA since the event was added to the championship program in 2008. In 2014, he became the youngest American male luger to qualify for the Olympic Winter Games at age 18, placing 22nd in Sochi, Russia. Prior to making his Olympic debut in Sochi, he also won gold while representing the U.S. in the team relay at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012. With Olympic experience under his belt, he will look to return to the Olympic stage in 2018 with his eyes set on claiming his first Olympic medal.