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 walks the luge track before race day.
SGTs Mortensen and Griffall answered questions at a press conference on Monday, two days before their event.
They also did some practice runs on Monday.
Coach Tavares offers SGTs Griffall and Mortensen some final words of encouragement before their first run.
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.
In this video, SGT Preston Griffall and SGT Matt Mortensen talk about going to the Olympics, how they got started in luge, and why they joined the Army National Guard. Check it out, and check back tomorrow for On Your Guard’s one-on-one interview with these athletes and their coach.