Reid Watts put Canada on the medal table at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway when he slid to bronze in the men’s singles event. Sitting in fifth place after the first run, he laid down the second-fastest time of the second run to stand on the podium.
Watts began competing internationally on the Junior World Cup circuit in 2013-14, racking up seven medals over the next couple of seasons. He was given the chance to join the World Cup team for three races in 2015-16 and make his world championship debut just a couple of weeks before competing at the Youth Olympic Games. Watts moved to the World Cup circuit full time in 2016-17 and finished in the top-10 of the U23 division at the world championships.
A little more about Reid
Getting into the Sport: Started luge at age 9 when he attended a recruitment camp at the Whistler Sliding Centre after watching a bobsleigh race… His first run was the greatest rush of his life… Joined the junior national team at age 14 and the senior national team at age 17… Outside Interests: Enjoys skiing, mountain biking, road cycling… Graduated high school in June 2017… Odds and Ends: Inspired by mixed martial artist Conor McGregor because of the way he dominates when fighting… Always wears socks from the Whistler Bike Co. while racing…
Notable International Results
FIL World Championships: 2017 – 26th (singles); 2016 – 29th (singles)
FIL U23/Junior World Championships: 2017 – 10th (U23 singles); 2016 – 13th (U23 singles), 14th (junior singles); 2015 – 14th (junior singles)
Youth Olympic Games: 2016 – BRONZE (singles), 4th (team relay)