Pittsfield Athlete Becomes First US Olympian To Medal In Luge

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Chris Mazdzer celebrates his win Sunday. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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PITTSFIELD (WBZ-AM) -- Chris Mazdzer of Pittsfield made history when he became the first member of team USA to medal in men's single luge in the history of the Olympic Games.

The luger took home the silver medal in that event on Sunday.

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer was watching from home, but had no idea Mazdzer was from her town until she read about it in the Berkshire Eagle.

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Chris Mazdzer Captures USA's First Medal In Men's Singles Luge

She tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kendall Buhl she'd love to welcome Mazdzer back.

"Especially if we can have him talk with our students about the importance of dedication and determination and perseverance when you're pursuing a goal," she said. 

In the meantime, Pittsfield officials are researching just how deep Mazdzer's ties to the town are--whether he attended any of those schools and if he still has family there.

Whether or not he does, he certainly has plenty of fans back in the Berkshire city where he was born.

"I'm sort of interested in finding out a bit more about him and his family to see if there's a deeper connection to our community," Tyer said. "Because if there is, of course we'd like to celebrate this."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kendall Buhl reports

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