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Ridgefield's Tucker West Makes Luge History With U.S. Teammate

Tucker West of Ridgefield, left, takes silver and his U.S. teammate wins gold. Austria takes third.
Tucker West of Ridgefield, left, takes silver and his U.S. teammate wins gold. Austria takes third. Photo Credit: Team Tucker Facebook Page

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — Ridgefield's Tucker West made luge history with his U.S. teammate Chris Mazdzer in a Luge World Cup race.

In a race last Friday in Lake Placid, N.Y., Mazdzer earned his first-ever win in a luge world cup two-heat race, with West right behind him in second place.

It marked the first time that two U.S. men have gone one-two on the podium in a luge world cup race.

West, 20, was a member of the 2014 Olympic team in Sochi. Mazdzer is a two-time Olympian. Both train in Lake Placid. Mazdzer, 27, now has the overall world cup luge lead.

Mazdzer’s two-run time was 1:42.808, with West in 1:42.841. ustria’s Wolfgang Kindl was third in 1:42.848.

This is the second year in a row that a U.S. man won the Lake Placid World Cup. West won last year and set the track record.

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