Chris Moffat and his little brother, Mike, first discovered luge during the 1988 Winter Games in their hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Their father, Ed, worked as a paramedic at Canada Olympic Park at the time and set up his sons to watch the Olympic competition from curve 13. Three years later, the brothers Moffat took part in a street luge clinic and later were invited back to try sliding on ice.
Change in plans
Moffat made his Olympic debut in Salt Lake with then- doubles partner Eric Pothier. Their fifth-place finish was Canada's best-ever Olympic luge result, while Moffat also raced to 14th in men's singles competition. But problems with their head coach, former Italian luger Marie-Luise Rainer, already were brewing. Moffat complained of physical abuse, and another athlete reported verbal abuse. Rainer eventually resigned in 2002, and the Moffats had retired at the close of the 2001-02 season. During his time away from competition, Chris worked as a coach with the national junior squad.
Call it a comeback
The Moffats have remained Canada's most consistent doubles pair since coming out of retirement as a team in 2005. They posted three consecutive top-eight finishes in World Cup competition in their first season back and captured a respectable ninth-place finish during the 2006 Winter Games in Torino. Since then, the duo has won two Nations Cup gold medals, while also earning back-to-back 10th-place finishes during the 2008 and 2009 World Championships. The Moffats' ninth-place performances at the Whistler World Cup, which also doubled as the Olympic Test Event, last February were promising. They wrapped the 2009-10 World Cup campaign with a season-best 10th on their home track in Calgary and were ranked 15th in the world heading into the Vancouver Games.
In the family
The Moffat brothers' dad serves as the president of the Canadian Luge Association and is an active race official and the luge race director at the 2010 Olympic Games. Mother Carol also officiates luge competitions at the national and international levels.
Away from the track
When he's not busy training, Moffat enjoys football, baseball, basketball and rugby.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.