Ridgefield's Tucker West Shoots Selfie From Sochi Before Olympics Open

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Lugers Tucker West of Ridgefield and Chris Mazdzer take a selfie in their official U.S. Olympic gear. Photo Credit: Chris Mazdzer via Twitter @mazdzer
Lugers Jayson Terdiman and Tucker West, far right, pose with skiers Bode Miller, TJ Lanning and Jared Goldberg before the opening ceremonies begin. Photo Credit: Jayson Terdiman via Twitter @jterdimanUSA

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Fans of Olympian Tucker West of Ridgefield got a sneak-peek of the luger Friday afternoon as he and his teammates posted photos on Twitter before the opening ceremony began in Sochi, Russia. 

Tucker, 18, is the youngest member of the U.S. luge team. The selfie shows him hanging out with his teammate Chris Mazdzer, who was a 2010 Olympian as well. In another sefie he meets up with teammate Jayson Terdiman and some famous U.S. skiers as they all get decked out in the red, white and blue of their official team uniforms, designed by Ralph Lauren. 

The opening ceremony can be seen at 7:30 p.m., Friday on NBC. Besides West, other local athletes to look for in the ceremony include 

  • Hockey player Julie Chu, of Fairfield
  • Hockey player Max Pacioretty, of New Canaan 
  • Hockey player Kevin Shattenkirk, of Greenwich
  • Mac Bohonnon, of Madison, men’s skiing (aerials) 
  • Lindsey Jacobellis, of Roxbury, snowboarding, snowboardcross
  • Eliza Outtrim, of Hamden, freestyle skiing, moguls,
  • Hockey player Jonathan Quick, of Milford

Athletes from Connecticut marching behind the flags of other nations include Redding's Brooklee Han of Australia and Stamford’s Siobhan Heekin-Canedy of Ukraine.

West will take to the luge course on Saturday morning. Fans can watch him on the big screen and cheer him on with other members of Team Tucker at the Ridgefield Playhouse, starting at 9 a.m. He will compete in two runs. The luge event will also be shown online at www.nbcolympics.com.

Read more about the Connecticut Olympians and when they will compete here in the Daily Voice. 

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This is what passes as a lead story? A selfie? Ugh.

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