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Mazdzer finishes 17th in World Cup singles

January 30, 2012
By the Enterprise staff , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake placed 17th in the singles luge World Cup competition Sunday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Mazdzer, a 2010 Olympian, was the lone American in the field that competed on the World Cup tour's longest course that begins in St. Moritz and concludes in nearby Celerina-Cresta. He recorded a time of 2:14.401.

Andi Langenhan of Germany took gold in 2:12.624 as Germans swept the top three spots. Germany grabbed eight of nine medals that were distributed over the three races this weekend and now heads to home turf for the World Championships in Altenberg, Germany, Feb. 10-12.

Felix Loch of Germany currently leads the World Cup points list with 645 points.

Mazdzer, who has three career 14th-place World Cup results in addition to a 13th place finish at the Vancouver Winter Games, qualified by taking second place in Friday's Nations Cup event. He is the only United States male entry into the World Championships and sits 28th overall in World Cup standings with 84 points in four races. He did not compete in the first three competitions, opting instead, to stay in Lake Placid to train.

Taylor Morris, of South Jordan, Utah, is 34th with 47 points. Isaac Underwood, of Skandia, Mich., is tied for 38th with 31 points. Joe Mortensen, of Huntington Station, is tied for 40th with 30 points. Trent Matheson, of Bountiful, Utah, is 42nd with 23 points. Robbie Huerbin, of Pittsburgh, Pa., is 48th with 12 points. None raced in St. Moritz.

The U. S. contingent departs for Igls, Austria and a three-day, on-ice training camp prior to arrival in Altenberg. The team will be joined by Julia Clukey, of Augusta, Maine, in Igls. Last year, the 2010 Olympian was diagnosed with Chiari Syndrome and underwent neck/cranial surgery in California.

Clukey's recovery enabled her to resume training this winter in Lake Placid. Clukey's performance will be monitored in Igls before a final determination is made on her participation at the World Championships.



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