Gordy Sheer is a famous luge athlete. He is a winner of an Olympic silver medal for luge. He and his teammate, Chris Thorpe, ended a 34 year "drought" when the US did not win an Olympic medal for luge.
Gordy and Chris started racing together in 1987. Gordy Sheer first wanted to start learning luge by watching it on T.V. It took Gordy and Chris 10 years to learn how to drive the sled, so they were not always perfect. Gordy Sheer is from Croton-on-Hudson, New York. He and his teammate train together in Lake Placid and live in a house together. They hope some day to get a gold medal in the Olympics.
Their competitors think that Chris Thorpe and Gordy sheer are amazing, but are sometimes jealous. They always race down the track faster than everyone else.
Instead of being "stone faced," like some other athletes, they like to say what they are going to do, and can talk about many different subjects in about a short time. When they start to move in the luge track, they say, "Don't choke" as kind of a good luck charm.
When you are going about 80 miles per hour, you have one-twentieth of a second to slow down to prevent crashing. One person is hard, but two people is an experience you won't forget.