Whitesboro Senior Reannyn Weiler Competes in Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland
Reannyn Weiler, a senior at Whitesboro High School, competed in multiple luge events at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, which were held in Lausanne and St. Moritz, Switzerland. The games kicked off with an opening ceremony in each city on Jan. 9, and the games ran from Jan. 10-22.
At the opening ceremony in St. Moritz, 17-year-old Weiler was chosen to carry the flag for team USA.
“I was super honored to be out there holding the flag and it was a really fun time I had with my team tonight,” Weiler said in a video, which was shared by local news station WKTV on YouTube. “I was super excited and honestly honored by the fact that I was able to do it, so it was just overall really cool.”
On Jan. 18, Weiler competed in women’s doubles luge along with teammate Maya Chan of Chicago, Illinois. Their final time was 1:53.240, which was only 0.19 seconds behind the third-place duo from Latvia that won the bronze medal. Canada won the silver medal, and Germany took home the gold.
Although they didn’t win a medal, Weiler and her partner were still a part of history as this was the first women’s luge doubles event sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee. Women’s doubles luge is currently being considering as an addition to the Winter Olympics in 2022 as well. Currently, the only doubles luge event in the Winter Olympics is for men.
Weiler also competed in the luge team relay competition on Jan. 20, and her team finished in seventh place out of eleven teams.
The Youth Olympic Games are for elite athletes ages 15-18, and they’re held every two years. There were 99 athletes competing for Team USA at this year’s games.
Congratulations to Reannyn Weiler on a great performance!