INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 16: Summer Britcher of USA competes during the Luge Women's Singles at Sliding Centre on January 16, 2012 in Seefeld, Austria. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
A U.S. Olympic athlete is getting a send-off from her family of Baltimore firefighters.
Summer Britcher of Glen Rock, Pa., will compete in singles luge at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February. The 19-year-old Britcher is the daughter of Captain William Britcher of the Baltimore Fire Department. Her brother, William, is a firefighter-paramedic, her grandfather is a retired captain, and she has two uncles who are lieutenants.
The department will celebrate her departure for Russia on Thursday at Engine 29 in northwest Baltimore. Kimmie Meissner, a former Olympic figure skater and a Maryland native, is also scheduled to attend.