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Olympic Medalist Chris Mazdzer, Mara Marian Wed In Salt Lake City

By Chrös McDougall | May 19, 2020, 11:53 a.m. (ET)

Chris Mazdzer and Mara (Marian) Mazdzer attend the 2018 Kids' Choice Awards on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, Calif.


Ladies and gentlemen: Mr. & Mrs. Mazdzer.

Chris Mazdzer, the U.S. Olympic luge medalist, and Mara Marian tied the knot in Salt Lake City.

“New name, who dis?” the bride posted in an Instagram story showing the newlyweds posing atop the roof of a building with the sun peeking through another building behind them.

Chris, one of the country’s top sliders for more than a decade now, proposed to Mara in October, surprising his Romania-born girlfriend with an engagement ring on her birthday.

“On my birthday Chris flew in from Norway to be with me and we took Kiki on a walk, to a park in the neighborhood where my family first lived when we immigrated to the U.S.,” wrote Mara, an event planner based out of Salt Lake City, in an Instagram post at the time. “It’s a park we’ve visited before, and because he had just landed, I didn’t suspect the engagement. There in the park, playing fetch with Kiki, Chris dropped down to one knee and asked me to marry him — in Romanian!!”

A three-time Olympian, Mazdzer, of Saranac Lake, New York, made history at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 when he won a silver medal — marking the first medal of any color for a U.S. man in singles luge.

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That led to a run on “Dancing with the Stars,” where he reached the third round, before returning to the sliding track for the 2018-19 season.

Since the 2018 Winter Games, Mazdzer has competed both in singles and in doubles alongside partner Jayson Terdiman, a rare double in the sport. However, he’s also battled injuries in each of the past two seasons. Mazdzer had to cut 2018-19 short due to a neck injury, and he planned to have shoulder and elbow surgeries during this offseason.

“We’re going to have our work cut out for us next summer,” Mazdzer told the Associated Press in February. “Definitely, next season’s results will be based off the work we put in this summer. And I’m confident that we will be in a better place starting next season and just building from there.”

Chrös McDougall has covered the Olympic and Paralympic movements for TeamUSA.org since 2009 on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc. He is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

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