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.