LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (WCAX) An Olympian from Northern New York made history. Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake became the first American man to medal in singles luge. He took home the silver. And we've learned celebrations are on the way. People all over the North Country were buzzing Monday about his race.
It's known as the fastest sport on ice. Luge was added to the Winter Olympics in 1964.
"One of the three sliding disciplines in the Olympic Games-- the three being luge, bobsled and skeleton. They all use the same track just different kind of sled," said Fred Zimny, the U.S. junior national luge team coach.
And training for this event happens right in our region at Mount Von Hoevenberg in Lake Placid. And a familiar face-- Chris Mazdzer-- just became the first Team USA Olympian to win a medal in Men's Single Luge.
"We have Olympic medals from doubles, a singles women's medal and this kind of completes the set, we now have a medal for men's singles," Zimny said. "I think Chris has really lit the fire in the team. He's shown everyone that they can do it as well, so we're hoping for maybe a couple more of the medals to come along in the next couple of days."
Mazdzer is originally from Saranac Lake and his town couldn't be more proud, including the mayor, who is friends with his family.
"The whole village is ecstatic. We've watched Chris Mazdzer grow up, we know his family, we've seen him progress. They've made Saranac Lake world-renowned as of today and we're so proud of him," said Mayor Clyde Rabideau, D-Saranac Lake.
Rabideau said Saranac Lake will host a parade for Mazdzer, as well as all other Olympic athletes, as soon as they return.