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Two World Cups, Two Medals For USA Luge In Team Relay

By Blythe Lawrence | Jan. 06, 2019, 8:30 a.m. (ET)

(L-R) Tucker West, Summer Britcher, Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman pose for a photo at the Viessmann Luge World Cup on Dec. 8, 2018 in Calgary.


As they slid to the finish under the snowy skies of Königssee, Germany on Sunday afternoon, a jubilant Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman could hardly contain their excitement.

With fist pumps and smiles, they joined luge teammates Summer Britcher and Tucker West to pose for pictures and celebrate a bronze medal in the team relay event, their second consecutive medal for Team USA at an FIL World Cup event. The foursome, all with at least two Olympics under their belts, also earned silver last month at the world cup in Calgary, Alberta.

With the bronze finish on Sunday, Team USA is third in the overall world cup standings and is now 10 points out of the second-place spot.

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Britcher, the silver medalist in women’s individual competition Saturday, posted the third-fastest time in her run on Sunday, clocking in at 55.200 seconds, while West navigated the course in 1 minute, 51.608 seconds, which was the third fastest time for an individual man. 

That left it up to Mazdzer, who won the silver medal in men’s singles at the Olympic Winter Games 2018 PyeongChang, and Terdiman to secure a place on the podium. Under pressure, they navigated the course in 2 minutes, 48.487 seconds, holding off fourth-place Latvia by 0.075 seconds. 

Taubitz, Sebastian Bley, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken of Germany combined for a time of 2 minutes, 47.982 seconds, with Taubitz and Eggert/Benecken laying down the fastest times in their respective events. Austria’s Hannah Prock, Reinhard Egger, Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller took silver. For Egger, who won the men’s event in the morning, picked up his second medal of the day.

World Cup luge action continues next weekend in Sigulda, Latvia. 

Blythe Lawrence is a journalist based in Seattle. She has covered two Olympic Games and is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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