Alumni roundup: Tracy grad leads USA luge team in Sochi
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USA luge team member, 2010-2011. photo ..Nancie Battaglia
USA luge team member, 2010-2011. photo ..Nancie Battaglia

Bill Tavares graduated from Tracy High in 1982. This year, he is helping lead the American Olympic team in Sochi, Russia.

Tavares is an assistant coach with the United States Luge Association, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., the city where Tavares lives now and which the U.S. Olympic Training Center calls home.

This is Tavares’ sixth Winter Olympics. He competed in the men’s doubles luge in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, where he and his partner, Wendel Suckow, placed ninth. He has been a bobsled coach at four Winter Olympics since then, including the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, where the USA women’s team won the gold medal.

Tavares has been a coach with USA Luge since 2010 and is in Sochi with 10 team members, seven men and three women. Luge competition begins Saturday with the men’s singles. The U.S. will also compete in women’s singles Monday, doubles Tuesday and the team relay Thursday.

Tavares, a former Bulldog football player and pole-vaulter, is an active-duty soldier with the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program and an infantry squad leader with the New York Army National Guard 108th Infantry Regiment.

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