An Ellington native will have an up-close-and-personal view of the goings-on at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Matt Oakes, a 2001 Falconer Central School graduate, is the senior national team athletic trainer for USA Luge, the fastest of the three Olympic sliding sports.
A graduate of Alfred University and SUNY Cortland, Oakes joined the U.S. luge team as its trainer in October 2012. The Post-Journal first reported his story last September.
''What I'm most excited about,'' Oakes said last year, ''is traveling to Russia and being part of the opening ceremonies. What I'd really be excited about, though is if the men's and women's doubles team would be on the (medal) podium. With luge, it's dominated mostly by the Europeans, because they start sliding at a much younger age, but I think the playing field is leveling out as far as technique and hard work. The U.S. team is still pretty young, so we have a lot of hopes for the Games.''
- Scott Kindberg