Chris Mazdzer takes luge to the streets of British Columbia (video)


Two-time U.S. Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer showed off his skills in an unusual place — the streets of British Columbia outside the 2010 Winter Olympic venue.

In an Olympic Channel video, Mazdzer weaves around cars through switchbacks for two minutes before coming to a stop and hitching a ride back to the top.

The Olympic Channel has more from behind the scenes of Mazdzer’s shoot here.

Mazdzer, 28, finished 13th at both the 2010 and 2014 Olympics and then won his first two World Cup races last season, placing third in the season standings and fourth at the world championships. 

He took 10th in this season’s World Cup opener in Winterberg, Germany, over the weekend.

NBCSN, and the NBC Sports app will air coverage of the second World Cup stop in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday from 9:30-10:30 p.m. ET.

The U.S. owns one men’s singles medal from an Olympics or worlds — Wendel Suckow‘s gold from 1993.

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French Open: Daniil Medvedev stunned by 172nd-ranked qualifier

Thiago Seyboth Wild

No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev was eliminated by 172nd-ranked Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild in one of the biggest French Open first-round upsets,

Seyboth Wild, a 23-year-old in his second-ever Grand Slam main draw match, prevailed 7-6 (5), 6-7 (8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in more than four hours on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

It’s the most seismic win by a Brazilian at the French Open — and perhaps any major — since the nation’s most successful man, Gustavo Kuerten, won his third Roland Garros title in 2001.

As a junior, Seyboth Wild won the 2018 U.S. Open and reached a best ranking of eighth in the world. Since, he played eight Grand Slam qualifying tournaments with a 1-8 record.

Medvedev entered the French Open having won the first clay tournament title of his career at the Italian Open, the last top-level event before Roland Garros.

Seeds to advance Tuesday included No. 6 Coco Gauff, who rallied past 71st-ranked Spaniard Rebeka Masarova 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

The second round begins Wednesday, featuring Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz.

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Olympians, Paralympians star on Top Chef World All-Stars in Paris


U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls get a taste of Paris in this week’s episode of Top Chef World All-Stars, premiering Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.

Olympic medalists Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and Suni Lee and Paralympic medalists Mallory Weggemann and Hunter Woodhall team up with contestants for a cooking challenge in front of the Eiffel Tower, one year before the French capital hosts the Games.

Olympians have appeared on Top Chef before.

A 2020 episode set at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Coliseum included Diana Taurasi, Rai Benjamin, Nastia Liukin, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Christian Coleman and Kerri Walsh Jennings.

A January 2018 episode featured figure skater Meryl Davis, freeskier Gus Kenworthy and skeleton slider John Daly, one month before the PyeongChang Winter Games.

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