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North Country luger makes US Olympic team

One North Country athlete has locked in his place at the Russian Winter Olympics that open in February. Chris Mazdzer, a luge sled racer from Saranac Lake, secured his place on the US team while competing in Winterberg, Germany.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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"It's a huge relief" to be done with the qualifying process, says Mazdzer. Luge racers speed down an icy track feet first on small sleds.

Mazdzer says he'll now pivot to focus on beating the competition in Russia. "The Germans are definitely the best team," he says. "They're the nation that everybody is shooting to beat right now."

Mazdzer is a veteran of the Vancouver winter Olympics, where he finished 13th.  In the final weeks before Sochi, he says he'll continue to train in France.

A second North Country athlete also appears poised to compete for the US in luge at the Russian Winter Olympics.  Erin Hamlin from the town of Remsen has scored top ten finishes on the world cup circuit. Hamlin is also a veteran racer.  She competed for the women's luge team at the 2006 and 2010 Olympics.

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