"Always Strive To Do Your Best"

Matt Mortensen showed his own video of the USA Team just prior to the opening ceremony.
Matt Mortensen showed his own video of the USA Team just prior to the opening ceremony.
This lucky volunteer gets to learn first-hand how to steer a single Luge from an Olympian.
This lucky volunteer gets to learn first-hand how to steer a single Luge from an Olympian.
Joe Mortensen holds up a suit that they wear, while Matt talks about how it’s designed for aerodynamics.
Joe Mortensen holds up a suit that they wear, while Matt talks about how it’s designed for aerodynamics.
Second graders are an inquisitive bunch and had excellent questions ready for their special visitors.
Second graders are an inquisitive bunch and had excellent questions ready for their special visitors.
Joe demonstrated stopping a Luge after traveling up to 85 miles per-hour, and makes it look easy, but I’m thinking not.
Joe demonstrated stopping a Luge after traveling up to 85 miles per-hour, and makes it look easy, but I’m thinking not.
Those gloves were a big hit with their spiked fingers.
Those gloves were a big hit with their spiked fingers.

Matt Mortensen, a member of the USA Men's Doubles Olympic Luge Team, and his brother Joe, made a stop into Ms. Nicolino’s second grade class on Tuesday and delighted the Countrywood students with behind the scenes video of the Sochi Olympics. Matt and Joe are Huntington Station natives and members of the Army World Class Athlete Program.

Matt now lives in Lake Placid, NY where he trains year-round. After demonstrating turning techniques on a single Luge, the athletes passed around gloves used in the sport that had spikes sewn into the fingers for extra gripping on the ice. Joe Mortensen demonstrated how to stop a moving luge and the two fielded many questions from our inquisitive second-graders. “Always strive to do your best in what ever you do,” said Matt.  Countrywood neighboring class, Ms. Burr, also brought her class in for the special demonstration.  “Follow you’re dreams,” Matt told the students. “You have to be willing to work hard, but your dreams can lead to really great places and really good things in your future.”