Chris Thorpe

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Chris Thorpe
Medal record
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1998 Nagano Men's doubles
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Salt Lake City Men's doubles
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1995 Lillehammer Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 1996 Altenberg Men's doubles

Chris Thorpe (born October 29, 1970 in Waukegan, Illinois) is an American luger who competed from 1989 to 2002. Competing in four Winter Olympics, he won two medals in the men's doubles event with a silver in 1998 and a bronze in 2002.

Thorpe also won two silver medals in the men's doubles event at the FIL World Luge Championships, earning them in 1995 and 1996. He won the overall Luge World Cup men's doubles title in 1996-7.

While living in Marquette, Michigan, Thorpe, along with fellow Boy Scout and future World Champion Wendel Suckow,[1] first experienced luge on a small local track that (after being relocated to nearby Negaunee, Michigan) remains the only full length natural track luge facility in the United States.[2]

Thorpe retired from luge after the 2002 Winter Olympics and is a now retired living in Farmington, New Mexico.


  1. ^ Newhan, Ross (February 9, 1994). "U.S. Lugers Find Niche as Boy Scouts". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Upper Peninsula Luge Club". Upper Peninsula Luge Club. Retrieved March 13, 2015.