Tucker West’s first Winter Olympics was quite the ride. And not only for the luge.
West, 18, is the youngest luger in U.S. team history (makes sense, given his early start on his backyard track built by his dad, Brett) and spent Day 1 and Day 2 competing in the men’s singles. He eventually finished 22nd overall.
But none of those facts were why #TeamTucker went viral. He has Brett to thank for that. And he’s not that mad about about.
“I was a little mortified when I heard his comment,” West said later on Sunday, via Yahoo! Sports, “but he’s still one of the greatest dads in the world and part of the greatest parent duo I could ever ask for.”
U.S. luger Tucker West has his father Brett to thank for the backyard luge that helped him become the country’s youngest-ever Olympic competitor in the event at 18. He also has his dad to scold for making #TeamTucker into something of an Internet phenomenon.