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Alfred University graduate at Olympics as athletic trainer for U.S. Luge Team
2/09/18

Matt Oakes ’05 (left) with U.S. women's luger Erin Hamlin at the 2014 Olympic Games.

Matt Oakes ’05 (left) with U.S. women's luger Erin Hamlin at the 2014 Olympic Games.

Alfred University alumnus Matt Oakes is in PyeongChang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, serving as athletic trainer for the United States Luge Team.

This is Oakes’ second Olympic Games. He served as an athletic trainer for the U.S. luge team from 2012-14 and was with the team for the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia. At Sochi, Erin Hamlin (a four-time Olympian) won bronze in the women’s event, becoming the first American (male or female) ever to win a medal in luge.

Oakes earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Alfred University in 2005 and later earned a master’s degree in outdoor recreation education from SUNY Cortland in 2011. He served as an assistant athletic trainer at AU from August 2011 to October 2012.

A native of Ellington, NY (Jamestown area), Oakes served a year as an athletic trainer at the University of Rochester Medical Center and has been a certified athletic trainer at Balance Chiropractic in Shelburne, VT, since July 2015. He was appointed a certified athletic trainer for the Lake Placid, NY-based U.S. Luge Association in 2016.