Gordy Sheer competed in three Winter Olympics as a luger, partnering Chris Thorpe, and the two improved each time, placing 12th at the 1992 Albertville Games, 5th at the 1994 Lillehammer Games, and winning a silver medal in Nagano in 1998. The silver medal was the first Olympic medal ever won by a US luger. Sheer and Thorpe also won two silver medals at the 1995 and 1996 World Championships and won the season World Cup in 1997. Sheer studied communications at Ohio State and now serves as the marketing director for the US Luge Association. He began his luge career after he saw the US Luge van while on a family vacation and copied down the telephone number.