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Mazdzer: ‘Don’t ever give up’

Chris Mazdzer looks to Beijing 2022 after silver medal at Pyeongchang

February 16, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - It didn't take long for USA Luge athlete Chris Mazdzer to commit to four more years of international competition after winning a silver medal at the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games on Sunday, Feb. 11.

Mazdzer, of Saranac Lake, and Olympic teammate Tucker West, of Ridgefield, Connecticut - both National Sports Academy graduates from Lake Placid - are planning to return to the Winter Olympics in 2022 when they are held in Beijing, China.

"As a competitor I love the challenges associated with having to push myself physically, mentally and emotionally to be the best," Mazdzer told the News in an email shortly after winning his silver medal. "In addition to the love for competition, I feel that I have so much more to give back to the sport that has given me everything."

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USA Luge’s Chris Mazdzer slides during a training run at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9.
(AP Photo/Andy Wong)

This is Mazdzer's third Winter Olympics. He placed 13th in the 2010 and 2014 games in Vancouver, Canada, and Sochi, Russia, respectively. (His bib number during the men's singles event in Pyeongchang was 13.)

But his involvement in the sport of luge doesn't end with competition. He has served as the athletes' representative for the International Luge Federation and as an athlete representative on the USA Luge Board of Directors.

"As an athlete representative in multiple functions, I want to see this sport be a better place for my competitors and friends and help shape the sport in the future as this is an important time in terms of exposure and growth," Mazdzer said. "I live for this community and want to help give back however I can."

In an interview with NBC after winning his medal in Pyeongchang, Mazdzer said this moment was 16 years in the making.

"I've had a rough last two years, and it just shows don't ever give up," Mazdzer said.

Yet his Olympic competition was not over. On Thursday evening, competed with USA Luge teammates for the team relay event. He was to be joined by Summer Britcher, who placed 19th after setting the track record Monday night, and the doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman, who took 10th place on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The team came in fourth place.



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