Duncan Kennedy competed in luge three times at the Olympic Games and slid on the World Cup circuit from over 15 years. He was the first American to win a luge World Cup event, which occurred at Sigulda, Latvia (then Soviet Union), in early 1991. Twice he finished second in the season World Cup, 1991-92 and 1993-94. Kennedy was also the first American to win two international medals, winning a silver at the 1982 Grosser Preis Trophy in Austria, and taking a bronze in the same event in 1983. Kennedy retired in 1979 after some falls were found to have caused bleeding around his brain stem. He serves occasionally as a television commentator for luge in the United States.
In late 1993, Kennedy assisted his teammate Robert Pipkins and came to his defense, after right-wing youths had attacked Pipkins, an African-American, helping take Pipkins to safety. The Security Committee of the United States Olympic Committee then proclaimed events in Germany generally as “dangerous.” This federal case was managed only by a personal apology from the Mayor of Oberhof to U.S. President Bill Clinton, and the youths were sentenced to drastic prison penalties.
|Games||Discipline (Sport) / Event||NOC / Team||Pos||Medal||As|
|1988 Winter Olympics||Luge||USA||Duncan Kennedy|
|Singles, Men (Olympic)||14|
|1992 Winter Olympics||Luge||USA||Duncan Kennedy|
|Singles, Men (Olympic)||10|
|1994 Winter Olympics||Luge||USA||Duncan Kennedy|
|Singles, Men (Olympic)|