Francis Lloyd "Bud" Feltman
(born March 12, 1939 in Idaho Falls, Idaho
) is a former member of the first United States Olympic luge
team, which competed in the 1964 Winter Olympic Games
. Feltman held the U.S. men's luge record until 2002.
Feltman was raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho
and attended Idaho Falls High School
. He briefly attended college at Utah State University
before joining the army.
In the early 1960s, Feltman was a part of the U.S. Army ski team in Germany
. During that time, he and a few other Army ski members formed a luge team, coached by Bob Cole. They were the first luge
team to represent the United States in the 1964 Winter Olympic Games
in Innsbruk, Austria. Feltman was on track to win the bronze medal, but had a disappointing final run and placed 13th.
In 1968, Feltman coached the Canadian luge team for the 1968 Winter Olympics
In the 1970s, Feltman helped start Scott USA
, later leaving to start Smith USA, a ski goggle and pole company. In the 1984, he started a sportswear glasses company called SVSV. Feltman has worked in timeshare and real estate sales since the 1990s. He has also taught skiing at Deer Valley
. Feltman has since lived in Newport Beach, California
, Kapaa, Hawaii
and Park City, Utah
, . He currently lives in Orange County, California
. He has three daughters, Tiffany (1969), Shelby (1972) and Miley (1991), and two grandchildren.