Chris Mazdzer, a four-time Olympian and the first U.S. men's singles luge athlete to win a medal, has decided to retire from his luge career.
The 35-year-old Mazdzer will participate in his final World Cup race this weekend in Lake Placid, New York, ending a nearly two-decade-long career with 24 World Cup medals.
Mazdzer expressed his retirement decision in a heartfelt message on Monday, acknowledging the sport's profound impact on his life and personal growth.
His silver medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics elevated Mazdzer's status, making him a prominent figure in U.S.
In addition to his luge success, Mazdzer showcased his talents on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2018, surpassing other athletes like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Johnny Damon.
Starting with USA Luge at the age of 8, Mazdzer's unwavering commitment contributed to his seven national championships and increased awareness of luge across the country.
USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy expressed gratitude for Mazdzer's dedication and recognized his role in raising awareness of the sport after the 2018 Olympics.
Mazdzer, along with his wife Mara, is expecting their second child next spring.