USA Luge’s Chris Mazdzer in surgery today at Adirondack Medical Center

By Sandy Caligiore | Feb. 20, 2019, 1:19 p.m. (ET)

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. –
As his teammates are preparing for this weekend’s World Cup finals in Sochi, USA Luge Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer underwent surgery Wednesday at Adirondack Medical Center in Mazdzer’s hometown of Saranac Lake, N.Y.

Mazdzer said, on Instagram, the procedure involved his shoulder, labrum and clavicle. Surgery was performed by team physician and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eugene Byrne of Lake Placid Sports Medicine.

The 30-year-old Mazdzer, a three-time Olympian, injured himself pulling from the handles to start a training run over a month ago in Winterberg, Germany prior to the World Championships. The resulting discomfort curtailed his participation at worlds and the ensuing two World Cup events in Altenberg and Oberhof. Mazdzer ended his season prior to the finals in order to return home and begin his recovery process as soon as possible.

“I cannot wait to feel 100 percent,” Mazdzer continued on the post. “I have probably had a torn labrum since the end of the summer and because I am stubborn decided to push through the competitive season. I can’t wait to get on the road to recovery.”