Luger Chris Mazdzer secures nomination to U.S. Olympic Team

Chris Mazdzer

USA Luge has its first 2014 Olympian.

Chris Mazdzer, who finished 13th at the 2010 Olympics, fulfilled USA Luge’s qualifying criteria with a fourth-place finish at a World Cup event in Igls, Austria, on Saturday. It nominated Mazdzer to the U.S. Olympic Team, according to on Monday.

”It’s a huge burden off,” Mazdzer, 25, told The Associated Press. ”You don’t really have to worry about what-ifs.”

A singles U.S. luger has never won an Olympic medal. Mazdzer is coming off a sixth-place finish at the World Championships in February.

USA Luge could qualify up to three men’s athletes for the Olympic Team based off World Cup results.

Two-time Olympian Erin Hamlin is the next closest luger to an Olympic berth after taking sixth in Igls.

Full list of athletes nominated to U.S. Olympic Team