Chris Mazdzer, the first American man to win an Olympic singles luge medal in 2018, is retiring from the sport at the age of 35 after competing in four Olympics.
Mazdzer will have his final runs at a World Cup in Lake Placid, New York, this weekend, marking the end of his remarkable luge career.
Reflecting on his decision, Mazdzer expressed mixed emotions, acknowledging the difficulty of saying goodbye to a sport he loves so dearly.
Despite being ranked 18th in the world and without a World Cup podium in two years, Mazdzer surprised everyone with a stunning silver medal at the 2018 Olympics.
After an eighth-place finish at the 2022 Olympics, Mazdzer had a limited racing schedule last season, achieving 10th place in a couple of World Cup events.
Following the PyeongChang Olympics, Mazdzer expanded his racing endeavors by participating in doubles with fellow Olympian Jayson Terdiman.
With Mazdzer's retirement, the title of the longest-serving U.S. men's luger now belongs to three-time Olympian Tucker West.
Mazdzer's decision to retire marks the end of an era in American men's luge and highlights his significant contribution to the sport.