Athletes for Hope

Five Questions with AFH Athlete and Sochi Olympic Luger Preston Griffall

Luger Preston Griffall

We are so proud of the inspiring AFH Athletes competing in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. We were lucky enough to get a moment with Luger Preston Griffall before he took off to compete in the Doubles Luge. Wish Preston and the other AFH Athletes good luck on our Facebook Page or follow them by subscribing to our Twitter List.

  1. What is the best part about being an Olympian?The best part about being an Olympian for me is that it gives me a platform to stand on to be a role model for younger athletes.  It’s important for me to be able to leave some kind of legacy behind after i’m done with me athletic career and to be able to inspire the youth of the world to never stop dreaming; no matter what your dreams may be.
  2. Who inspired or encouraged you to become the best in your sport?There are too many people in my life that have inspired me along my athletic career for me to just name one….. my dad always encouraged me to follow my dreams and above all have fun, my mom was my number one fan and inspired me to never give up and to always believe in myself and my long time coach Klim Gatker has always pushed me to the limit and made me trust that I had the ability to accomplish anything in sport.
  3. What would you say to kids that are interested in your sport?To any kid out there that’s interested in Luge I would say; you will find no sport that will give you the same thrill!!  If you love speed and adrenaline pumping through your veins then luge is the sport for you!
  4. Do you have plans to see any other events in Sochi? Which ones?After i’m done with my competitions I will absolutely be cheering on my fellow Team USA athletes!  I grew up skiing in Utah so naturally i’m a big fan of all the skiing events!  I love all the freestyle events so I plan on being at the aerials competitions and definitely trying to see the new slope style events!
  5. What charity would you like to give a “shout out” to and why?I’d like to give a shout out to the Youth Sports Alliance because they have done a tremendous job introducing the importance of sport to the youth around the Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah area.

Want to know what it is like to speed down a luge track at up to 80 miles an hour? Check out Preston and his USA Men’s Doubles Teammate Matt Mortensen on a training run. Wow!