As expected, Germany's defending Olympic champion Felix Loch won the gold in men's luge on Sunday. And though America's Tucker West came in at 22nd place (teammates Chris Mazder and Aidan Kelly came in at 13th and 24th, respectively) his dad just wants all the single ladies out there to know that West is "very single," too.
Brett West appeared on the Today Show Sunday to embarrass his 18-year-old son. "I just want to say to all the young ladies out there, Tucker is very single," West said. "Now he's a little shy, so you have to reach out to him." Besides helping him out with the ladies, West's dad also built his son an 800 foot long luge track in their back yard, complete with an icing system, making this the sweetest story of the day. Brett's comments also inspired a small social media movement to help West get a date:
#teamtucker can't help you from nyc right now - but how about those cute Canadian mogul sisters Dufour-Lapointe.. Am I right?— Hunter's (@Huntersbrooklyn) February 9, 2014
But, back on the track, Loch's win was Germany's first medal at the Olympics. He told Der Spiegel that it was the culmination of a perfect season. After winning he went to go hug his own dad.
Russia's Albert Demchenko won the silver and Italy's Armin Zöggeler won the bronze. This is his sixth Olympic medal in luge, making him the first man to medal six times in the same event.
As for the real underdogs, India's Shiva Keshavan, competing under the International flag, came in 37th place and Tonga's Bruno Banani, the man who gave up his birth name to become a walking advertisement for an underwear company, came in 32nd out of 39 competitors. Lein Te-An of Taiwan came in dead last, after falling off of his sled (and miraculously getting back on) during his first run on Saturday. To give you an idea of how much a fall can cost a luger: in luge, each competitor gets four runs, and the cumulative time determines each racer's rank. Loch edged out Demchenko by half a second, but he beat out Te-An by 20 seconds. And Te-An finished a full seven seconds behind 38th place.
Luge continues on Monday with the women's first two runs.