Chris Thorpe has competed in four Winter Olympics as a luger, partnering Gordy Sheer three times, 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. Thorpe and Sheer also won two silver medals at the 1995 and 1996 World Championships and won the season World Cup in 1997. Sheer retired after the 1998 Winter Olympics, and Thorpe combined with Clay Ives , who had previously competed for Canada, and the two won a bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Thorpe retired from luge after the 2002 Winter Olympics and became a motivational speaker.