Olympic silver medallist Chris Mazdzer breaks foot months out from Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

The Team USA Luge leader remains hopeful that he will compete and make history at Beijing 2022.

By Andrew Binner
Picture by 2021 Getty Images

Luge Olympic silver medallist Chris Mazdzer has broken his foot just four months out from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

The 33-year-old had just started autumn training with Team USA in Sochi, Russia, when he collided with a wall during a singles run on Tuesday (28 September).

Mazdzer immediately went for a scan which confirmed the injury, and is planning to return to the United States for further treatment.

“Although I didn’t crash, I knew something was wrong right away,” posted the three-time Olympian on his Instagram page. “I couldn’t put any pressure on my foot and imaging confirmed that I broke my foot in a few places. Now it’s time to head back Stateside to assess what needs to happen in order to get back on the sled as soon as possible. This is definitely a huge speed bump, but adversity is a great motivator.”

Hoping to make history at Beijing 2022

The setback is a major one for Mazdzer, who is hoping to become the first luge athlete to compete in three Olympic events: singles, doubles and the team relay.

It will also have an impact on the Salt Lake City resident’s team. Not only will his doubles teammate Jayson Terdiman not be able to train as efficiently, but experienced Mazdzer - who won the USA’s first-ever men’s singles luge medal at PyeongChang 2018 - is also a leader for the whole of USA Luge.

“Over the last three years, we have overcome numerous injuries and still come back stronger,” said Terdiman. “I believe this instance will be no different. Chris and I are both mentally tough, and we know how to get through anything.

After two weeks in Russia, the U.S. team will return to Lake Placid and continue season preparation at Mount Van Hoevenberg from Oct. 12-16 before moving on to Park City, Utah for additional sliding on the 2002 Olympic course from Oct. 20-25.