Mark Grimmette

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Mark Grimmette
Personal information
Born January 23, 1971 (1971-01-23) (age 46)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.

Mark Grimmette (born January 23, 1971) is an American luger who competed from 1990 to 2010. Competing in five Winter Olympics, he won two medals in the men's doubles event with a silver in 2002 and a bronze in 1998. He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Grimmette also won nine medals at the FIL World Luge Championships with two silvers (Mixed team: 2004, 2005) and seven bronzes (Men's doubles: 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009; Mixed team: 2001). He won the overall Luge World Cup men's doubles title three times (1997–1998, 1998–1999, 2002–2003). He was selected in December 2009 to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Grimmette carried the United States flag during the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.[1]

He announced his retirement on March 17, 2010.[2]

On April 29, 2010, it was announced that Grimmette was named USA Luge's Sports Program Director and also was involved as a head coach.

Personal life[edit]

Mark Grimmette lived in Muskegon, Michigan and graduated from Reeths-Puffer originally, but moved to Lake Placid, New York after being named to his current position. He lives there with his wife Keela, founder of www.reason2smile.org.[3] On April 21, 2014, he became a father for the first time when he and his wife Keela welcomed a daughter, Leona Grace Grimmette. On June 29, 2015 Finn Henry joined the family. Out March 2013 is a biography of Mark Grimmette, the most decorated slider in the history of the United States Luge Association. The title of the 328 page book is: 9.8 Meters Per Second Per Second. The author is Jean E. Van Lente and it was published by Bormann Publishing.

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