U.S. Olympian Tucker West Embarrassed by Dad on Today Show

By Michael Terrill
U.S. Olympian Tucker West Embarrassed by Dad on Today Show
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It’s not every day that one’s son is in the Olympics, which could easily explain why American luger Tucker West’s parents were a bit out of their element on the “Today Show.”

The U.S. Olympian has yet to see what his father, Brett West, said on the national television show. Unfortunately, that hasn’t prevented everyone from discussing it with him. Tucker’s father found it necessary to proclaim to the viewers that his son is an eligible bachelor. In fact, he urged all the single ladies watching to start following the 18-year-old on Facebook.

Naturally, this didn’t sit well with Tucker, who is trying his best to represent his country in the best way possible at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

“I was a little mortified when I heard his comment,” West told Yahoo! Sports, “but he’s still one of the greatest dads in the world and part of the greatest parent duo I could ever ask for.”

The cringe-worthy moment may be unsuitable for most teenagers, but it may have brought Tucker that much closer to finding his special someone. As of Sunday, the Team Tucker Facebook page doubled its fan base, which is impressive considering many Americans most likely never heard of him prior to today.

This isn’t the first time Tucker’s father went over-the-top for his son. As a kid, Brett wanted to make sure Tucker had every opportunity to fulfill his dreams. Of course, that meant building a luge track in the backyard of their home in Ridgefield, Conn. After the hot sun melted the luge track that was strictly built out of ice and snow, Brett decided to construct a permanent 800-foot track in 2003.

Tucker finished 22nd in the luge singles on Sunday in Sochi. Regardless of what happens at the Winter Games, it’s quite clear one person in the West family deserves a gold medal.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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