(L-R) Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman pose for a photo.
USA Luge athletes teamed up for an impressive world cup performance Saturday in Calgary, Alberta.
Summer Britcher, Tucker West and the doubles team of Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman finished second in the team relay, less than three-tenths of a second behind powerhouse Germany.
The Americans finished with a time of 2 minutes, 21.819 seconds. Germany won with a time of 2:21.550.
Austria finished third at 2:21.920 and Russia, which won the team relay last week in Whistler, British Columbia, was fourth in 2:21.986.
The team relay consists of runs in women’s singles, men’s singles and doubles.
Britcher and West, both two-time Olympians, had combined to give the U.S. the fastest time after singles, but Germany’s doubles team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the doubles event by enough time to clinch first place for the Germans. Wendl and Arlt also won the doubles competition Friday.
The U.S. had finished sixth in last week’s team relay.
Britcher placed fifth in the women’s singles competition held prior to the relay event on Saturday. Teammate Emily Sweeney was sixth.
Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is sports editor of the Cape Cod Times and a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.