Army Sgt Preston Griffall



Event: Luge doubles
Age: 29
Hometown: Salt Lake City
High school: Olympus High School, Salt Lake City
Career field: Adjutant General

Having experienced life in the athlete village as a luge competitor at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, and missing a berth in the 2010 Winter Olympics by hundredths of a second, Army Sgt. Preston Griffall was determined to earn a spot on Team USA for the 2014 Sochi Games. His resilience earned him the right to again be among all the top winter athletes in the world. Griffall will compete in luge doubles with Army World Class Athlete Program teammate Army Sgt. Matt Mortensen. They also hope to compete in the team relay, an event that will make its Olympic debut in Russia.

“I have been given an unbelievable opportunity to represent the United States as a nation and through the Army on the world stage. … To compete not only as an athlete, but also as a Soldier, gives me a great sense of pride and responsibility – knowing that our brothers and sisters in arms are out there fighting for the very freedom that allows us to be able to live the lives that we do.”

Career Highlights
  • 2013 - Team relay silver medalist, World Cup, Park City, Utah
  • 2013 - Team relay silver medalist, World Cup, Lake Placid, N.Y.
  • 2013 - Sixth place, World Cup, Lake Placid, N.Y.
  • 2012 - U.S. doubles champion
  • 2011 - Seventh place, World Championships, Cesana Pariol, Italy
  • 2011 - Fifth place, World Cup, Calgary, Canada
  • 2007 - U.S. bronze medalist
  • 2006 - Eighth place in luge doubles, Olympic Winter Games, Torino, Italy
  • 2005 - Junior World Cup overall doubles champion
  • Three-time USA Luge start champion
  • Two-time Junior World champion