Watch party for Mazdzer Thursday

Chris Mazdzer accepts his Olympic silver medal on Feb. 11 for the men's singles luge competition in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Associated Press photo)

SARANAC LAKE — Village officials have announced there will be a watch party for local Olympic medalist Chris Mazdzer racing in the mixed luge team relay on Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m.

Mayor Clyde Rabideau said NBC’s “Today” show had contacted him for local reactions to Mazdzer’s win of a silver medal in men’s singles luge on Sunday. Although Mazdzer was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, he grew up in Saranac Lake and lists Saranac Lake as his hometown on the Team USA site.

Representatives from the “Today” show wanted to know if there will be a watch party for Mazdzer, as he and his teammates compete on Thursday morning. Rabideau said he answered in the affirmative and then got in gear to make it happen.

The watch party will be held at the Ice Palace at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism will supply an enormous TV so everyone can see the luge teams’ Olympic runs. Although Mazdzer is assured of a spot on the team, the other members have not been posted yet. Each country’s luge team will comprise one man, one woman, and one doubles pair.

“Dress warm,” said the Mayor. “It’s a big opportunity to cheer on a local hero and show the spirit of Saranac Lake.”


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