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Duncan Kennedy

Full name: Duncan Morrow Kennedy
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: December 20, 1967 in Burlingame, California, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Luge

Biography

Duncan Kennedy competed in luge three times at the Olympic Games and slid on the World Cup circuit from over 15 years. He was the first American to win a luge World Cup event, which occurred at Sigulda, Latvia (then Soviet Union), in early 1991. Twice he finished second in the season World Cup, 1991-92 and 1993-94. Kennedy was also the first American to win two international medals, winning a silver at the 1982 Grosser Preis Trophy in Austria, and taking a bronze in the same event in 1983. Kennedy retired in 1979 after some falls were found to have caused bleeding around his brain stem. He serves occasionally as a television commentator for luge in the United States.

In late 1993, Kennedy assisted his teammate Robert Pipkins and came to his defense, after right-wing youths had attacked Pipkins, an African-American, helping take Pipkins to safety. The Security Committee of the United States Olympic Committee then proclaimed events in Germany generally as "dangerous." This federal case was managed only by a personal apology from the Mayor of Oberhof to U.S. President Bill Clinton, and the youths were sentenced to drastic prison penalties.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Luge Men's Singles United States USA 14
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Luge Men's Singles United States USA 10
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Luge Men's Singles United States USA AC DNF

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IT1 IR1 IT2 IR2 IT3 IR3 ST1 SR1 ST2 SR2 ST3 SR3 IT4 IR4 IT5 IR5 ST4 SR4 ST5 SR5
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Luge United States USA Final Standings 14 3:08.472
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Luge United States USA Run 1 16 47.032 9.219 11 24.660 15 37.245 15 15.441 17 12.585 16 9.787 15
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Luge United States USA Run 2 16 47.065 9.235 13 24.699 15 37.297 15 15.464 16 12.598 15 9.768 12
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Luge United States USA Run 3 15 47.093 9.239 11 24.657 11 37.298 14 15.418 12 12.641 17 9.795 15
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Luge United States USA Run 4 16 47.282 9.236 12 24.680 =9 37.441 15 15.444 10 12.761 18 9.841 14
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Luge United States USA Final Standings 10 3:03.852
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Luge United States USA Run 1 6 45.553 6.845 15 15.832 14 24.678 11 8.987 11 8.846 8 4.017 5 28.695 9 35.345 9 6.650 9 10.208 5
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Luge United States USA Run 2 12 45.849 6.860 20 15.858 17 24.696 14 8.998 14 8.838 8 4.012 5 28.708 10 35.299 6 6.591 5 10.550 21
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Luge United States USA Run 3 8 46.258 6.886 15 15.950 13 24.910 8 9.064 6 8.960 4 4.089 4 28.999 =6 35.810 11 6.811 13 10.448 7
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Luge United States USA Run 4 12 46.192 6.856 =14 15.837 6 24.746 5 8.981 =2 8.909 1 4.058 2 28.804 5 35.494 3 6.690 =5 10.698 18
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Luge United States USA Final Standings AC DNF
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Luge United States USA Run 1 6 50.587 4.513 9 16.763 8 26.090 10 12.250 5 9.327 12 7.109 10 33.199 8 42.684 7 9.485 5 7.903 4
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Luge United States USA Run 2 4 50.633 4.523 13 16.778 7 26.080 3 12.255 4 9.302 =1 7.114 4 33.194 3 42.702 4 9.508 3 7.931 3
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Luge United States USA Run 3 AC DNF 4.521 =8 16.746 3 25.976 3 12.225 1 9.230 2 7.023 4 32.999 3 42.386 3 9.387 4
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