Following the results of the fifth World Cup race of the season, the United States Luge Association announced the members of the U.S. Olympic team on Dec. 14. The 10 athletes -- three from men's singles, three from women's singles and two doubles pairs -- include Olympic veterans, as well as five sliders (three of them still in their teens) who will be making their Olympic debuts in Sochi.
A seasoned hiker, Mazdzer had climbed the 46 peaks over 4,000 feet in the Adirondacks by the time he was 10 years old.
Matt Mortensen and Preston Griffall
The pair came just short of qualifying for the Vancouver Games, losing in a race-off to make the U.S. team. Since then, Mortensen (left) and Griffall have been the top-ranked American doubles sled.
Mortensen, Mazdzer, Hansen, Griffall
The U.S. team won its second set of relay medals of the season in December, when it won silver at the Park City World Cup event.
Jayson Terdiman and Christian Niccum
Jayson Terdiman (left) is about 11 years younger than Christian Niccum, who will be making his third appearance at the Olympics.
Eighteen-year-old Tucker West is the youngest member of the U.S. luge team.