Over the weekend, Chris Mazdzer won the 1st singles luge medal in U.S. history when he took the silver, and he shared a story about a Russian competitor who defined good sportsmanship. At an event in Latvia, an athlete from Russia stepped up and offered to lend Mazdzer, who was in a slump, his state-of-the-art luge.The Russian explained that since his team has been banned from this years Olympics he would loan his sled to Chris if he thought it would help him make it to the games.
Mazdzer took it for a practice run before deciding he was too large for it. He eventually got back into a groove and made the Olympic team. But the generous gesture impressed the U.S. athlete, and he says, “That friendship and trust was really moving. I think it shows that we care about each other as people and there is this human connection we have that crosses countries, crosses cultures, and sport is an amazing way to accomplish that.”
“I guess it goes against every U.S.-Russian stereotype ever. I think what it shows is that we do care about each other and there is this human connection that crosses countries, crosses cultures".