Born and raised in the Tropical North Queensland city of Townsville, Alex Ferlazzo took up the sport of Luge in 2010 after a friend of his mum’s suggested it to him. He hit the ice for the first time on a natural track in Naseby, New Zealand before heading to an Olympic standard track in Lake Placid, USA.
Ferlazzo competed at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. At 16 years of age and as one of only 11 athletes on the Australian Team, Ferlazzo finished 19th.
Two years later and Ferlazzo was at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. He finished a credible 33rd of 39 sleds, up against much older, stronger and more experienced athletes. He was Australia’s fourth Luge Olympian and second man.
In December 2012, Ferlazzo made history by winning bronze in the Junior World Cup youth men's event in Norway, Australia's first Luge medal at this level.