Four-time Olympian and 2018 luge silver medalist Chris Mazdzer, from Saranac Lake, is retiring at age 35.
Mazdzer spent his last moments working on his sled at the USA Luge training facility, a place he dedicated countless hours to perfecting his craft.
Retirement follows Mazdzer's announcement after the upcoming FIL World Cup in Lake Placid this weekend, driven by a desire to spend more time with his growing family.
Mazdzer, now working in Salt Lake City, initially planned to compete through the World Championships but realized the difficulty of juggling multiple responsibilities.
Reflecting on his impressive career, Mazdzer recognizes the value of detaching personal identity from luge results, emphasizing the importance of the process.
The Olympian's journey includes historic achievements such as winning silver at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, making him a national figure and the face of USA Luge.
Despite setbacks, including a broken foot and challenges in doubles luge, Mazdzer views his transition as a new chapter rather than a traditional retirement.
His dedication to luge started in childhood, where Mazdzer's love for sledding led to his pursuit of the sport after a move to the Plattsburgh area at age 8.