South Korea: ‘We are family,’ hails US medalist on Olympic friendships

journalist (English): “But unfortunately this particular [luge] one did not work out for you, why was that?” Chris Mazdzer, US Olympic athlete : “Unfortunately, I am a lot bigger than Semyon [Pavlichenko, Russian luger], so I couldn’t use it. But the fact that he did that was really touching. Like, to me that shows what sport is all about. It’s about connecting. It really does show how sport is... Еще away for the world to connect, just like the Olympics. This is a place where people from all around the world can gather and they’re unified.” American luge silver medallist Chris Mazdzer talked about the unifying effects of sport in PyeongChang on Friday. The American athlete recalled a time when he was going through a difficult period in his career, saying many of his competitors offered him help, including Russian athlete Semyon Pavlichenko who offered him his equipment. Mazdzer won a silver medal in the men's singles luge on February 11, becoming the first American to ever win a medal in the event. “To me that shows what sport is all about. It’s about connecting. It really does show how sport is away for the world to connect, just like the Olympics,” Mazdzer said. He also shared a funny story about his friendship with the Russian athletes. “I’ve got a knock in the door. It was a Russian doubles team. They came with an English-Russian dictionary, translation, and a bottle of vodka. And we became friends that way.” «I’m friends with Russians, Canadians, Germans, it doesn’t matter where you are from. We are family,» stressed Mazdzer. Touching the issue of the ban for Russian team to use national symbols in the Games, Mazdez said that even though one doesn’t have the flag it is necessary to compete “for your friends, family, for yourself” because athletes sacrifice their “entire life” for it.

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