Olympic Fever at Good Sam
With the Winter Olympics underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea, one particular event will be the focus of the Good Samaritan Emergency Department on Wednesday morning: doubles luge.
“I’ll be streaming it live at 6 a.m.,” said Clinical Educator, Erin Schreiber, RN, MSN, with a big smile across her face.
The proud big sister has good reason to be giddy, as her younger brother, Matt Mortensen, will try to win a gold medal for Team USA.
“We’re just so excited for him!” said Schreiber. “In Sochi (at the 2014 Winter Olympics), it was Matt’s first Olympics and it was really about the experience, but now, he’s worked extremely hard over the past 4 years to get to this point and he wants a medal!”
An Olympic sport since 1964, luge involves one or two person sleds, where the riders lay on their back, sliding feet-first down the course. Similar to skeleton or bobsled in appearance, a luge sled can travel at speeds between 80-90 miles-per-hour. Although competition for the sport is year-round, it primarily pops up every four years at the Winter Olympics.
Schreiber’s love for luge grew as her brother continued on his Olympic quest. Sitting in her office, she talked about his chances the day before the big race.
“He got a new partner (Jayson Terdiman) after the Olympics in Sochi and they’ve been doing extremely well together,” she said. “They’ve developed a great chemistry in such a short amount of time and they’re really excited about their new sled.”
While all eyes will be on her brother Wednesday, it could have been Schreiber on center stage. When they were kids, the US Olympic Luge team held tryouts at SUNY – Old Westbury. Her father worked at Verizon, then sponsor of the US Luge Team, and suggested the family “try out.” Schreiber’s three brothers, Matt, Danny and Joey all tried out and succeeded. As for their sister...
“No, I’m too cautious,” she said with a laugh.
With her parents in Korea, the family has been trading group texts to stay up-to-date on Mortensen ahead of Wednesday’s race.
“He’s done really well in his trial runs,” Schreiber noted. “He finished fourth and second, so hopefully he can keep that momentum going!”
The doubles luge event will take place on Wednesday, February 14 at 6:20 a.m. ET and can be streamed at www.NBCOlympics.com
Good Sam wishes Mortensen the best of luck!