NORTH HUDSON — Zipping down an icy course at close to 90 m.p.h. may be the easy part, so luger Justin Wachowski’s friends and family are pitching in to handle the tough finances.
Wachowski is leaving on Sunday for Park City, Utah for luge training. The hope is after the Junior World Championships on Jan. 15 and 16, Wachowski and his teammate will be leaving for the second leg of the tour.
“As you probably know, we are the only nation that does not support our athletes, as the athletes and parents are responsible for funding. Dan (his father) and I just purchased his tickets for his flight from Albany on Sunday morning to Salt Lake City, where another parent will pick him up,” his mother, Sally Wachowski, said. “Unlike in Lake Placid, there is no athlete housing there, so Justin will be staying at his teammate’s (Patrick Edmunds) home. Dan and I are in full swing fund-raising for him at this point.”
Justin’s father, Dan Wachowski, beams. “I couldn’t be more proud of him for what he is doing. You see all these other people doing things, but you look at your kid, what he has accomplished. It’s all about him with his drive and ambition. He is knocking it out of the park.”
“I am so proud of Justin’s dedication, determination and drive,” she said. “He has become an amazing young adult who surprises me at every turn. I am in awe when I watch him and his teammates race down that mountain at unbelievable speeds. To know that these young adults are the future Olympic contenders and how much time they dedicate to their training is spectacular. They work tirelessly from 7 in the morning until 8 or later at night, depending upon their schedule.”