Olympic Silver Medalist from Saranac Lake Emerges as the Internet’s New Heartthrob and is an Adirondack 46er to Boot!

So, Olympian Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake, NY, secured the first luge medal in U.S. history Sunday, ending a 54-year drought for the United States. There have been 33 men who have represented USA Luge in singles at the Olympics, with a combined 48 appearances between them. The average finish among them had been 19th, with only seven top-10 showings. Until now.

In his third Winter Games, Mazdzer will be bringing home a silver medal, but I like to think he already made his country state proud when he climbed Mount Haystack on June 12, 1999, to become ADK 46er #4490!

(Fun fact: his hiking buddy/dad, Dr. Ed Mazdzer, is ADK 46er #4491W – being a cold weather badass must run in the family, because the W after Dad’s 46er number indicates he climbed all 46 in the winter!)

Yep, apparently when Mazdzer isn’t on ice, he’s still on a mountain, but at least he’s on his feet and climbing to the top. He started his 46er journey by getting to the summit of Mount Marcy, the highest peak in NY, on July 6, 1996, so three years is a pretty respectable timeframe, you know, for an Olympian. Olympic luge tracks, ADK 46er summits, is there anywhere this guy doesn’t leave his mark?

Funny, because if turning heads and stealing hearts was an Olympic sport, I’m pretty sure he’d win the gold, because it’s so obvious the Internet is HOT for this speed demon. He might even be as hot as freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy. Can they both win gold in this particular competition?

According to Wikipedia, Mezdzer is 29-years-old, 6’1″, and resides in New York State. (HOLLA!) Actually, the contact page on his website lists a phone number (YEAH, 518!) and email address, even though he definitely already has a girlfriend. (BOO!)

He looks great shirtless (as Olympic athletes tend to). Quick poll: Is luge body the new swimmer’s body?) More importantly, though, Mazdzer loves animals. Could his caption game use some improvement? Absolutely, but I’ll help him with his WordPress if he’ll help me with my bench press… nomsayin?

I’ll be your kettlebelle – nice love handles!

You have goat to be kidding me.

I’m mad no one told me about Chris Mazdzer until this year.

How much does Twitter love this guy? He started trending, and I don’t think it’s because people care about luge. Consensus is, America is crushing on Chris, hard. Here find for your perusal a few of my favorite thirsty Chris Mazdzer tweets:

But for the full Chris Mazdzer Stan experience, let’s refer, of course, to the most important voice in the Olympic games, Leslie Jones. Jones, who is actually doing commentary for NBC in Pyeongchang in case you haven’t heard, posted a few videos of her thoughts on Chris’ medal-winning luge and pretty much summed up what everyone was already thinking:

So can we get a Chris Mazdzer biopic in development already? (I, Chris, perhaps?)

But in all seriousness, a huge congrats to a medal winner from our own backyard. His history-making run is the stuff Olympics Dreams are made of, and gave the Saranac Laker the sort of moment he’s spent half a lifetime chasing, as he told NBC:

“It’s 16 years in the making, what you dream about as a young child and 20 years later you’re finally on the podium. I still don’t know how to describe it. All I know is that I have my friends and family here celebrating with me and this is validation. Everything I’ve done, all the sacrifices, it’s worth it. I’ve had a rough last two years, and it just shows: Don’t ever give up. Whenever you lose, keep fighting.”

For the rest of his life, he’ll be introduced as an Olympic medalist, and he’ll know that he can come up big when it matters most. How’s that for some Upstate pride?



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