As a 14-year-old watching the 2014 Winter Olympics on television with her family, Camille Johnson's first thought when she saw the luge competition was that it looked like a blast.
While sliding down a frozen track on a futuristic-looking sled undoubtedly looked thrilling, the chances that Johnson — a volleyball player from Columbia — would actually get to try luging herself seemed about as likely as her cross country skiing on the moon.
"It was such a different sport, I had never really heard of it," said Johnson, who is beginning her junior year at Wilde Lake High School. "I always get that: 'what's luge?'"
The exotic nature of the sport fueled...