Frank Masley

Francis Joseph "Frank" Masley (June 30, 1960 – September 10, 2016) was an American luger. He competed in the 1980, 1984, and 1988 Winter Olympics. He was the first Olympic flag-bearer in USA Luge history in the 1984 Olympic opening ceremonies.

Frank Masley
Personal information
Born(1960-06-30)June 30, 1960
Wilmington, Delaware
DiedSeptember 10, 2016(2016-09-10) (aged 56)
Wilmington, Delaware
EducationChristiana High School
Alma materDrexel University
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals1980, 1984, 1988
Updated on 18 September 2016.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Masley attended Christiana High School and later earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University.[1][2]

He died of melanoma on September 10, 2016, aged 56, at home in Wilmington, Delaware.[2][3]

Business CareerEdit

Frank founded Masley Enterprises INC in the basement of his own home in July of 2000[4].

Company AwardsEdit

  • Small Business Administration Delaware Small Business 2010 Person of the Year [5]
  • White House and the Small Business Administration Champion for Change award in 2014[6][7]
  • Delaware State Chamber of Commerce 2016 Gilman award[8]

Athletic CareerEdit

Frank Masley started his Luge career in the 1970s[9]. During his career, he would compete in 3 winter Olympics, and collect 10 US titles in both singles and double luge events.[10] Frank was the 1980, 1983, and 1984 doubles luge champion with his sliding partner, Raymond Bateman.[10] He was the first Olympic flag-bearer in USA Luge history[9] in the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Winter Olympic games.

Frank Masley was an incredible competitor and teammate. His contributions and athleticism would make him the first inductee to the Luge Hall of Fame.[11]

Awards Named AfterEdit

Two Awards were created in memory of Frank.

Frank Masley Champion Award from the Small Business Administration[12]Edit

  • 2017 Winner: Bob O’Brien, SCORE. Wilmington [13]
  • 2018 Winner: Michelle Morin, Delaware Office of Supplier Diversity, Dover[14]
  • 2019 Winner: Michael Bowman, Delaware Small Business Development Center Newark[15]

USA Luge Frank Masley Trophy[16]Edit


  1. ^ Tresolini, Kevin (September 10, 2016). "Olympic luger and flag-bearer, glove-maker Masley dies". The News Journal. Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Frank Masley, a 3-time US Olympian in luge, dies at 56". Miami Herald. NBC News. Associated Press. September 10, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016.[dead link] Alt URL
  3. ^ "Frank Joseph Masley". The News Journal. September 14, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  4. ^ "Masley Enterprises, Inc. - Technical Handwear Solutions". Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  5. ^ "Small Business Administration award winners named". Newark Post. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  6. ^ "Donna and frank masley". The White House. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  7. ^ "Delaware business owner earns national award". delawareonline. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  8. ^ Canavan, Kathy (2016-11-09). "DSCC awards Frank and Donna Masley the 2016 Gilman Bowl". Delaware Business Times. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  9. ^ a b "Article". Team USA. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  10. ^ a b "Frank Masley Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Archived from the original on 2020-04-17. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  11. ^ "USA Luge creates HOF; Frank Masley 1st inductee". 2016-12-28. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  12. ^ "The Frank Masley Champion Award". The Frank Masley Champion Award. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  13. ^ Now, Delaware Business (2017-03-27). "Bridgeville creamery owner Vanderwende wins top SBA award for Delaware". Delaware Business Now. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  14. ^ Vuocolo, Alex (2018-05-14). "U.S. Small Business Administration announces 2018 award winners". Delaware Business Times. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  15. ^ Vuocolo, Alex (2019-03-21). "SBA Delaware announces small business award winners - DBT". Delaware Business Times. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  16. ^ "Frank Masley becomes first member of new USA Luge Hall of Fame". Team USA. Retrieved 2019-03-21.

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Scott Hamilton
United States Flagbearer
Sarajevo 1984
Succeeded by
Ed Burke