Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake opened the World Cup luge season Sunday with a 16th-place finish in Igls, Austria.
Mazdzer improved on his first-run time of 50.571 seconds with a 50.549 on his second run to record one of his best career performances in the men's individual event.
Mazdzer's top international performance came in 2010 at the Vancouver Winter Olympics where he placed 13th. He was 14th in the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid, and matched that along with a 16th place in three World Cup meets just prior to Vancouver.
Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake speeds down the course Sunday during his first run at the World Cup race in Igls, Austria.
(AP Photo — Kerstin Joensson)
The Germans dominated Sunday's World Cup event, sweeping the first five place in men's singles and setting a track record in the team relay, an event that will debut at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Defending Olympic and world champion Felix Loch recorded a time of 1:40.229 to win Sunday's men's singles.
Taylor Morris took 25th in the men's singles event to come in as the second-best American.
Mazdzer combined with Julia Clukey and the doubles sled of Matt Mortensen and Preston Griffall to place seventh in the relay event.
World Cup luge racing continues this week in Koenigssee, Germany.