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Chris Mazdzer finished 13th in the world at the Sochi Winter Olympics, matching his 2010 Vancouver success.  Photo:  Nancie Battaglia
Chris Mazdzer finished 13th in the world at the Sochi Winter Olympics, matching his 2010 Vancouver success. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Sochi: Saranac Lake luger Chris Mazdzer finishes 13th

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It was a busy first weekend for North Country athletes competing in Sochi. One of the North Country's top medal hopefuls is Chris Mazdzer, a luge sled racer from Saranac Lake.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Saranac Lake luger Chris Mazdzer training in Sochi.  Photo: Sandy Caligiore Luge USA used by permission
Saranac Lake luger Chris Mazdzer training in Sochi. Photo: Sandy Caligiore Luge USA used by permission
He finished 13th after four runs, well out of medal contention.  Speaking on Saturday, Mazdzer said he just didn't nail the turns on Sochi's highly technical sled track.

"The second run, I just made a couple of mistakes," he said.  "Did curve nine a little too good on the exit, was a little late going into ten and I think that cost me all my time."

Mazdzer has been chosen to compete for the US in a second event later in the week, the team relay luge competition, so he'll get one more shot at Sochi's track.

Mazdzer said one joy of a tough weekend of competition was having so many family and friends in Sochi.

Find all of NCPR's reporting on the North Country in Sochi here.

 

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