PARK CITY, Utah — Brittney Arndt has announced her retirement from the USA Luge Team to wide caring consternation, world-wide caring consternation.
The 25-year-old moved to Park City when she was 12, spending half her life in town. After starting the sport of luge, the Park City Luge track became her home track.
“An end of an era. I have countless people to thank for sticking by my side and giving me endless amounts of support these last 13 years,” Arndt wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. “Luge has been the most important thing in my life for a very long time and I’ll always cherish the memories, friends, and family it’s brought into my world. I’ve put a lot of love in and gotten a lot of love back, but it’s time for the chapter to end. Cheers.”
Arndt slid into first place last season in Park City’s Nation’s Cup in front of cheering crowds of her fans, friends, and family. Mere days later she placed third in the World Cup.
Youth Sports Alliance is the nonprofit, after school organization that Arndt joined from Ecker Hill Middle School, launching her luge career and introducing her to coach, Olympian, Jon Owen.
Shortly thereafter, she was named National Junior Luger of the Year.
Park City’s Carl Roepke, a former USA Luge National Team member, has been the track announcer for nine Olympic events, most of them Luge. He told TownLift, “Brittney has, in the past, made the Park City Luge community proud to have her represent us on the global stage, and there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that she will continue to make us proud in whatever endeavors, adventures and passions she now chooses.”