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Chris Mazdzer

Chris Mazdzer

Saranac Lake

Luge

Saranac Lake’s Chris Mazdzer is heading to his second Winter Olympics in Sochi after placing 13th in the men’s luge at the 2010 Games in Vancouver, Canada. He has won the United States Luge Championships twice in 2010 and 2012, tying with Tucker West in 2012. He also was a three-time U.S. junior champion in 2006-2008. In 2013, Mazdzer was the American-Pacific champion, finished sixth at the World Championships and had a fifth place finish at the Lake Placid World Cup event. He also finished second in the team relay event in Lake Placid, teaming with Julia Clukey, Matt Mortensen and Preston Griffall.

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Bill Demong

Bill Demong

Vermontville

Nordic Combined

One of the most decorated Olympians in North Country history, Bill Demong will be competing in his fifth Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He is the reigning Olympic Champion in the men’s large hill 10km individual event after winning gold in Vancouver, Canada, in 2010. He also combined with his teammates for the Unites States’ first medal in the team competition, bringing home a silver, while finishing sixth in the men’s normal hill 10km. At the 2006 games in Torino, Italy, Demong finished seventh in the team event, 15th individually and 25th in the sprint. He finished 14th in the sprint and 19th in the individual in the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, along with a fourth place finish in the team event. Demong was 34th in the individual race at the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan. He has racked up nine World Cup wins and 22 podium finishes in the international competition series and is the five-time U.S. Nordic Combined Champion. He was the 2009 individual gunderson gold medalist at the World Championships and two-time overall World Cup bronze medalist (2008, 2009).

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