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After winning an Olympic bronze medal in women's singles at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, the U.S. Luge Team is poised to bring a more experienced roster to the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games in 2018. Of the 10 athletes who competed in Russia, six were Olympic rookies and will once again look to be in the mix for Olympic roster contention along with a few newcomers this season. MORE
Erin Hamlin | Singles
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Hometown: Remsen, New York
Olympic Experience: 2006, 2010, 2014 (1 bronze)
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A three-time Olympian and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, Erin Hamlin comes off a stellar season that further solidified her place as one of the world's best in the sport of luge. Her impressive resume includes two world titles, four world championship medals and numerous world cup wins. She's made history on multiple occasions, becoming the first American singles luger — man or woman — to medal at the Olympic Winter Games when she took the bronze medal in 2014. The 30-year-old ended last season ranked fourth in the overall world cup standings for the second consecutive season, capping one of the best years of her career. She earned gold at the 2017 FIL World Championships in the women's sprint, breaking an eight-year American medal drought at the event. She also added a silver medal in the women's singles event and helped the U.S. earn its first medal (a silver) in the team relay, becoming the most decorated U.S. woman in luge history. She is aiming to make her fourth U.S. Olympic Team in 2018 and has expressed plans to retire after the season.
About Erin
Hidden talent: I can wiggle my ears. I figured it out a few years ago and I'm pretty proud of that.

Something quirky: I'm kind of an obsessive packer; everything has to be just right. So it takes me ages to pack for a trip. I do it all the time so you'd think I would be better at it. But no. It's a full day process, which I generally start at the last minute.

Nicknames: EHam, Hammy and Hambone. EHam mostly because the EHam Sundae was named after me at a local restaurant in my hometown.
Chris Mazdzer | Singles
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Hometown: Saranac Lake, New York
Olympic Experience: 2010, 2014
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Chris Mazdzer is looking to qualify for his third U.S. Olympic Team in 2018. The two-time Olympian finished a career-best third place in the overall 2015-16 FIL World Cup standings on the strength of five medals, including two golds. After having shoulder surgery in the spring of 2016, he continued to post consistent results on the 2016-17 World Cup circuit, highlighted by three top-five finishes – including a fourth-place finish in the team relay at the PyeongChang Olympic test event. The New York native owns 10 individual world cup medals and seven national titles, and will be looking to add an Olympic medal to his resume in 2018. At the Sochi Winter Olympics, he helped Team USA finish sixth in the team relay while also placing 13th individually. Known for his tireless work ethic and leadership on the U.S. team, the 29-year-old has the fastest reaction start time among U.S. men in the team relay – an asset that he hopes to apply toward a podium finish in PyeongChang.
About Chris
Hidden talent: I wear spandex really well.

Something quirky: I am a complete goofball and love playing pranks, but at the same time am serious in whatever I am pursuing. I know how to have fun and when the time comes, flip the switch and be serious.

Earliest Olympic memory: When I was 10 years old I watched the Nagano Games and luge was the first event that I saw. I wanted to be the one racing down that course in the Olympics and that is where the dream came from.
Matt Mortensen | Doubles
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Hometown: Huntington Station, New York
Olympic Experience: 2014
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Matt Mortensen returns with partner Jayson Terdiman in hopes of winning Team USA's first Olympic gold medal in men's doubles luge. In Sochi, the 31-year-old and member of the World Class Athlete Program with the U.S. Army finished 14th with Preston Griffall. Shortly after, he joined forces with Terdiman in March 2014 with a four-year plan to compete at the PyeongChang Winter Games. The 2016-17 season was a breakout year for the pair, which won its first world cup medal as a team, a silver at the world cup in Lake Placid, New York. They went on to win five more medals together this season highlighted by a silver in the team relay at world championships, the first-ever world championship medal won by Team USA in that event. They also made history when they capped the year with a third-place finish in the final overall standings. It was the best finish by an American team in 14 years, cementing them as Team USA's top doubles pair heading into PyeongChang.
About Matt
Something quirky: I am a practical joker. Those who know me, know that I love to prank people. I have slacked in recent years but still enjoy it tremendously.

Nickname(s): My teammates call me Matty. It developed when I was younger from some of the older athletes and stuck within the sport.

Best advice received: Relax.

Earliest Olympic memory: My first memory of the Olympics was watching Keri Straub compete and injure herself at the Games. I remember her going for another try at her discipline and nailing it. It was very motivational.

Earliest memory of sport:
My earliest memory of the sport is being introduced to it on wheels at Old Westbury College in Long Island. I was drawn to the sport because it was in the Olympics. Being an Olympian was something I wanted badly.

Jayson Terdiman | Doubles
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Hometown: East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Olympic Experience: 2014
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After finishing sixth in the team relay and 11th in men's doubles at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Jayson Terdiman is back on track with potential to reach the podium in PyeongChang with new partner Matt Mortensen. The 28-year-old began his career sliding in luge doubles with U.S. teammate Chris Mazdzer, winning silver and bronze medals at the junior championships. Fast forward to 2017, Terdiman and Mortensen, who teamed up in March 2014, are coming off their best season ever together. The duo combined for five world cup medals (three silvers and two bronzes) in 2016-17 to finish third in the overall FIL standings – an improvement from their previous fifth-place ranking in 2015-16. The feat marked the first time since 2002-03 that an American luge doubles team ranked in the top three, giving Team USA high hopes heading into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Terdiman also played a key role in aiding the U.S. to the team relay silver medal at the 2017 FIL World Championships, marking the first U.S. podium finish in the event since its inclusion to the program in 2008.
About Jayson
Something quirky: I'm never scared of sliding. My sport is very dangerous and I could get seriously injured if something goes wrong, but I never sit at the top of a run and think about getting hurt. I get an itch to slide when I'm away from the ice.

Nickname(s): Jay

Best advice received: Squeeze every major opportunity I have within the moment.

Earliest Olympic memory: I was sitting in the dining hall at the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center in 2002 watching the senior-level athletes compete and that's when it hit me. I wanted see how far I could take this and see if I can make the Olympic Games.

Earliest memory of sport: When I was in sixth grade, I came home from school and my mother had seen a flyer for luge try-outs. That summer, I tried out and have been involved ever since. I was then invited to a development camp with USA Luge.

Tucker West | Singles
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Hometown: Ridgefield, Connecticut
Olympic Experience: 2014
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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.
About Tucker
Hidden talent: I can whistle with my hands.

Something quirky: I can't start my day without a shower; it's kind of like coffee for me. Even if I'm starting the day with a workout, I still need the shower beforehand. I get grumpy if I don't get to take a shower.

Earliest Olympic memory: I first saw luge while watching the 2002 Olympics. I've always loved sledding and had a big need for speed. It was a natural match, and love at first sight!
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