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.