Luge Canada

Duncan Kennedy

National Team Coach
Birth Date:December 20, 1967
Hometown:Lake Placid, NY

A decorated, medal winning athlete and coach, Duncan Kennedy’s technical touch makes him a key member of the coaching staff on Canada’s luge program.

Duncan joined the Canadian ranks in 2020 where he shares assistant coaching duties with Bernhard Glass in support of Wolfgang Staudinger.

He is no stranger to the international luge coaching community or the podium. Following a standout career where he represented the United States at three Olympic Winter Games (1994, 1992, 1988), the most decorated athlete in U.S. luge history with 21 World Cup medals including the nation’s first ever victory took on head development coach responsibilities for the United State Luge Association (USLA) between 1997 and 2011. Duncan then transitioned into the role of technical director from 2011-2014 where he was responsible for developing two Olympic medal-winning sleds.

His arrival to Canadian ice is a reconnection of sorts for Duncan with Wolfgang Staudinger. The two have a history dating back nearly four decades in the sport. In addition to competing against each other internationally, Wolfgang and Duncan also coached together in the American program.

A technical specialist, Duncan has built Olympic level racing luge sleds and components for more than 12 countries while operating Kennedy Racing Sleds since 2017. He also has continued to provide coaching and technical support to a number of a world-class athletes during this time.