Guardsman Who Barely Missed Sochi Ready for Olympic Debut

By Katie Lange
Defense Media Activity

Army Sgt. Taylor Morris rounds out the trifecta of New York National Guardsmen competing on the U.S. Olympic luge team.

Morris, 26, from Salt Lake City, Utah, will be competing in the men’s singles competition.

Sgt. Taylor Morris is all smiles after qualifying for his first Olympics. Army photo by Spc. Angel Vasquez

Like fellow guardsman Army Sgt. Emily Sweeney, Morris has also been into luge since he was 10. And also like Sweeney, he missed out on qualifying for Sochi by a tiny bit – 4-tenths of a second, to be exact.

So when he snagged the fifth and final spot on the Olympic team this year, he and his support system were really pumped.

“We always believed in him,” Morris’ wife, Megan, told Army News Service. “There was never a second that we did not think he was capable.”

“Taylor is certainly one of [our best], if not our best slider in terms of sheer ability to drive a sled down the hill,” said Gordy Sheer, USA Luge director of marketing and promotion. “He’s blindingly fast.”

So fast, that he’s ranked 15th in the Viessmann Luge World Cup standings.

Morris joined the Army in 2011. He’s a human resource specialist and is also in the Army’s World Class Athlete Program. He’ll join Sweeney and fellow guardsman and luger Army Sgt. Matthew Mortensen in Pyeongchang later this month.

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