USA Luge’s Mazdzer improves at World Championships

KONIGSSEE, Germany — The German luge team upped its medal count to eight of 15 Saturday, Jan. 30 at the 50th Eberspacher World Championships, while USA Luge’s Chris Mazdzer, the 2018 Olympic silver medalist, had his best singles result of the team’s COVID-shortened season with a second run rally into 10th place.

“Those were two really awesome runs. Really can’t complain,” said Mazdzer, a three-time Olympian from Salt Lake City. “Had track record ice and I definitely pushed it, really to the limit and was able to make it down two runs. It’s nice to have the best result of the year at World Championships. I like rising to the occasion and showing that I can slide really well in both disciplines. That was awesome. Really pumped about it.”

Mazdzer was accompanied by a 14th place effort from Tucker West, while Jonny Gustafson of Massena was 31st.

A warm, 45-degree day in Bavaria opened with the doubles World Championship competition. Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman of Berwick, Pennsylvania took 16th place as Germany dominated with gold and silver medals.

The world championships concluded on Sunday with the U.S. just missing the podium with a fourth-place performance in the team relay.

The American foursome of Summer Britcher, West, Mazdzer and Terdiman ended up less than 0.2 of a second from another World Championship bronze medal which they achieved last year in Sochi.