Send-Off For Baltimore-Born Olympic Luger Summer Britcher | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Send-Off For Baltimore-Born Olympic Luger Summer Britcher

Play associated audio
U.S. Summer Britcher from Glen Rock, Penn., speeds down the course during her first run at the Women's luge World Cup race in Igls, near Innsbruck, Austria, on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.
(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
U.S. Summer Britcher from Glen Rock, Penn., speeds down the course during her first run at the Women's luge World Cup race in Igls, near Innsbruck, Austria, on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

Baltimore-born Summer Britcher, 19, qualified for a spot on the 2014 U.S. Olympic women's luge team earlier this month at a World Cup event in Park City, Utah.  

She now lives in Glen Rock, Penn., but still has deep ties to the city of Baltimore.  Her father, grandfather and two uncles have served as Baltimore City firefighters. 

Engine 29 spokesman Ian Brennan said the department is thrilled to throw her a send-off party from the station house where her father is a captain. 

"The members are excited, and a lot of people remember when she was born," Brennan said.

This will be Britcher's first time competing in the Olympic games, to be held in Sochi, Russia. She won a gold medal in a team relay at the Youth Olympics in 2012.

NPR

Comedian Andrea Martin: 'I Don't Think Age Has Anything To Do With It'

Now in her late 60s, Martin says she's still "excited and enthusiastic" about her work and doesn't have any intention of retiring. She published a memoir in September called Lady Parts.
NPR

Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.
WAMU 88.5

Special Prosecutors Should Handle Civilian Shootings By Police, Holmes Norton Says

Norton says mayors and governors could stem anger over civilian shootings by police by appointing special prosecutors to handle them.
NPR

Facebook Finds That Not All Users Want To Review Their Year

The social media giant's "Year in Review" app has upset some who prefer to forget 2014's unpleasant memories.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.