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Olympian's dad accidentally mortified him

Olympian's Dad Tries To Get His Son A Date

Olympians train incredible hard for a chance to compete in the winter games, but all of that training sometimes takes a toll on their personal lives.

'TODAY' did a short piece on 18-year-old Tucker West, the youngest luger on the U.S. luge team, and talked about his intense training with his father, Brett. But his father does more than just support his son's Olympic dreams ... he also plays matchmaker.

During the broadcast, Brett said 'I just want to say to all the young ladies out there, Tucker is very single. Now he's a little shy, so you have to reach out to him -- and you can do that through Facebook. The neat part is, he's such a good kid, everyone who posts there he always gives back a personal response.'

While that may be most teens' worst nightmare, you can't argue with the results.

#TeamTucker started trending on Twitter, and the Facebook group jumped to over 47 hundred members.

Girls posted messages like:
One mother even pulled the stunt on her own daughter, posting this note and photo:


While the comment was awkward any way you slice it, Tucker doesn't seem too annoyed at his well-meaning pop. It could be a pretty great story to tell at a wedding if it all worked out, don't you think?

He replied on Twitter:

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djrobins February 12 2014 at 3:41 AM

i got to laugh. My dad used to introduce my sister as his unmarried daughter!

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jaluty February 12 2014 at 3:06 AM

Obviously a well adjusted young man who took it all with a grain of salt. Which is more than I can say for a few of these commenters.

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BarB February 12 2014 at 2:26 AM

oh come on, lighten up....he was so proud and it was obvious....and it was super cute....this dad obviously loves his son a lot....

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urdivine1 February 12 2014 at 5:35 AM

Thank you. Now I don't have to post exactly what I was thinking

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tamsen86 February 12 2014 at 2:17 AM

A proud, enthusiastic dad who raised a good kid, far as I can see.

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Dina February 12 2014 at 1:21 AM

God Bless his dad....looking out for his son...get over it you people whose lives consist of FB and whatever other things make you feel good

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drcutlass February 12 2014 at 12:50 AM

After about the tenth date, he will thank his father.

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kayciaccio February 12 2014 at 12:31 AM

The Dad meant well!!

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palmspringslen February 12 2014 at 12:23 AM

This father is making the same mistake that all too many parents make. What if this boy is gay? Does he really need his father to step in and embarass him into making "straight" choices? This is one reason so many young people commit suicide - their meddling parents step in and try to shame them into doing things that they aren't ready for or just aren't into. Parents need to let their kids grow up and make their own choices on their own schedules.

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sondravvag February 12 2014 at 12:22 AM

As a parent who always wants the best for her children, I understand this father completely! If the teen was embarassed................so be it! It was said with love I am sure!

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steves1709 February 11 2014 at 11:36 PM

Egads... I wonder how many young MEN responded as well...?

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