Behind the Scenes in Sochi

As promised, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Army National Guard athletes Preston Griffall and Matthew Mortensen, and their coach, William Tavares, as they prepared for the luge doubles event this week at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia (photos courtesy of U.S. Army IMCOM).

From all of us at On Your Guard – congratulations on a job well done!

SSG William Tavares

SSG William Tavares walks the luge track before race day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Press conference
SGTs Mortensen and Griffall answered questions at a press conference on Monday, two days before their event.
Practice run

They also did some practice runs on Monday.

Before the first run

Coach Tavares offers SGTs Griffall and Mortensen some final words of encouragement before their first run.

First run on race day

Rounding a curve in their first run of Olympic luge doubles at Sanki Sliding Center on Feb. 12 ... their two-run combined time was 1:41:703 and they finished in 14th place.

 

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