Tony Benshoof

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  • Birth Place: St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
  • Profession: Olympic luger
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Fast Facts

  • Discovered luge after watching the event in the 1988 Olympics. His father took him to a youth clinic and Tony was chosen for a tryout in Lake Placid, N.Y. Luge soon won out over boxing as his sport of choice.
  • Competed in the triple jump in high school, winning a varsity letter his senior year.  
  • Made the 2002 Guinness Book of World Records for fastest speed on a sled, zipping down a track in Park City, Utah, at 86.6 mph.
  • Captured seven U.S. National luge championships between 2000 and 2009 and won more international medals (38) through 2009 than any other American.
  • Slid his way to fourth place in singles luge at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, the highest-ever finish for an American. Also placed 17th at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.
  • Splits his off-season work hours in Minnesota at his graphic design company, on construction projects for his father, and as a bartender. 
  • Learned the piano as a teenager and travels with a guitar whenever possible.

Relationships

  • Vince Benshoof — Brother
  • Geno Benshoof — Brother

Details

  • Birth Place: St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
  • Profession: Olympic luger