Elon alum Bermuda's lone Winter Olympian
A 1997 Elon Communications graduate, Patrick Singleton, finished 37th Feb. 11 in
the men's singles luge competition at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He
was representing his native Bermuda as its lone Olympian.
A financial reporter with Bloomberg Television in Tokyo, Singleton previously
finished 27th at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan. He had to overcome adversity
to compete in this year's Olympic Games. He rebounded from a neck and shoulder
injury suffered during a collision with a cameraman who mistakenly stepped onto
the luge track during World Cup qualifying last year in Nagano.
Singleton was the subject of worldwide media attention four years ago after he
did an IBM commercial, filmed in Bermuda, for the Nagano Olympics. This year he
was singled out during the telecast of the Opening Ceremonies by NBC host Katie
Couric, who noted that Singleton was carrying his country's flag into the cold
stadium wearing Bermuda shorts. A color photograph of Singleton competing in luge
at Salt Lake City was featured prominently on the front page of the Financial
Competing in his second Olympic Games, Singleton finished with a cumulative
four-run time of 3:07.772. His cumulative time was 9.8 seconds off the pace set
by gold medalist Armin Zoeggeler of Italy.
Singleton's two best runs came the final day of singles competition. His runs of
45.769 seconds and 46.298 seconds were more than 2 seconds faster than his second
heat on Sunday.
His best career finishes have come in World Cup competition, where he finished
third in the Nations Cup in LaPlagne, France in both 1997 and 1998. He also
recorded a victory in the Calgary Olympic warm-up meet.