Reannyn Weiler – New York Interview by Caroline Alegado Nomination and Photography by Eve Taverne Photography Action Photography by Fred Zimny Issue 30 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Reannyn has traveled around the world competing in her sport luge. She just recently participated in the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland representing the USA on January 18, 2020, and was selected as the American flag bearer during the opening ceremony!!! What an honor! She made history last season by being part of the USA's first women's doubles team to compete internationally in a sanctioned women's event. She won 2 silver medals and 1 bronze medal on the Youth Cup circuit for women's doubles luge and is currently ranked 6th in the world on Youth A circuit for women's doubles luge.
Reannyn is a senior this year and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is also a member of both indoor and outdoor track and holds the school record for 2 events. Reannyn currently holds the record for the 55 meter dash at 8.05 seconds for indoor track and for the 4x100 meter relay for outdoor track at 51.91 seconds.
In addition, Reannyn volunteers assisting elementary students at track meets and fun days, plus she volunteers at luge slider searches.
Photography by Eve Taverne Photography
How/When were you introduced to luge and who is your athletic inspiration? I was first introduced to the sport of luge while watching the 2014 Winter Olympics. I remember seeing Erin Hamlin win the bronze medal. It was so exciting! I remember how my local area was so supportive of Erin and there was a lot of local news coverage. In the summer following the 2014 Olympics I had the opportunity to participate in a local slider search in Utica, NY. I had a lot of fun sliding down the hill on a wheeled sled and that was the first time I met Erin Hamlin. She was extremely nice and signed a T-shirt for me, which I still have. Since then Erin has been an inspiration to me.
Luge has given you the opportunity to travel, represent your country, and make history. What have been your favorite memories? I think that my most favorite experience while training and traveling with USA Luge would be carrying the Flag for the United States in the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games this past January in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It was a great honor to represent my country that way. I was truly honored to have been chosen by my fellow athletes to represent our country. Just to have had the opportunity to slide for my country in the Youth Olympic Games was awesome and am truly thankful for all of the support of my family, friends, my school and my community.
Photography by Eve Taverne Photography
Describe your experience at the Youth Olympic Games. My experience at the Youth Olympic Games was amazing! I was able to meet many athletes from other countries and made lifelong friends. I will never forget walking out with my teammates at the opening ceremony. We all had a lot of fun experiences like ice skating, trying out curling for the first time and just hanging out, talking, and playing card games. We even were given pins to trade with the other athletes.
You’re an amazing athlete! How much time do you spend training and how do you balance it with your other activities? The official training and racing season for luge runs from October through March. We typically slide 1-2, two hour sessions per day on the luge track. We also find time to get in a workout session daily. We also train in the summer. I have to be disciplined to get my schoolwork done while I am away training. My teachers have all been very supportive and we communicate through email when I am away. As the luge season ends the spring sport season at school starts, therefore I am able to compete in outdoor track and field! I also enjoy weight lifting while I am home.
Photography by Fred Zimny
How do you use your talents to help those in your community? When I am home during the summer I help with local slider searches to help kids learn about the sport of luge. I also enjoy track and field and enjoy helping out at elementary school track and field events. I really enjoy seeing the younger kids compete and offer my assistance whenever possible.
What are your plans for the future? My future plans include continuing to train and race with USA Luge while attending Full Sail University’s online Digital Cinematography program. It is also my goal to compete in women’s doubles luge in the 2026 Winter Olympics.
Reannyn will be featured in Issue 30 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!