“I get emotional thinking about going to the Olympics. It’s been almost 17 years that I’ve been working towards this point, and for it to finally happen, it’s like a dream come true. I’m sure my family is ecstatic. I’m sure my girlfriend is ecstatic, my grandparents, National Guard, WCAP, everybody. … My goal for Sochi is to compete well, and hopefully good things will follow.”
SGT MATTHEW MORTENSEN
Hometown: Huntington Station, N.Y.
High school: Saint Dominic High School, Oyster Bay, N.Y.
College: DeVry University
Career field: Engineer
SGT Matt Mortensen started sliding down frozen mountains at age 10, began competing in luge at 12, and has been a member of U.S. national teams since age 15. He was nominated for the 2014 U.S. Olympic luge team just three days after his 28th birthday. Mortensen will compete in luge doubles at Sochi with U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program teammate SGT Preston Griffall. They also hope to compete in the team relay, an event that will make its Olympic debut in Russia.
2013 Team relay silver medalist World Cup in Park City, Utah (with Preston Griffall, Kate Hansen, Chris Mazdzer)
2013 Team relay silver medalist World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y. (with Griffall, Julia Clukey, Mazdzer)
2013 Sixth place World Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y. (with Griffall)
2012 Seventh place World Championships in Cesana Pariol, Italy
2012 U.S. champion (with Griffall)
2011 Fifth place World Cup in Calgary (with Griffall)
2010 Fifth place World Cup in Park City, Utah (with Griffall)
2008 U.S. silver medalist (with Griffall)
2007 U.S. bronze medalist (with Griffall)
2005 Junior World Cup doubles champion (with Garon Thorne)
Three-time USA Luge start champion (with Griffall)
Two-time defending national champion