Winter Olympics 2018: Chris Mazdzer wins historic silver in men's singles luge

Esther Moore
February 12, 2018

Gleirscher won Austria's first gold medal at the luge in fifty years, while Mazdzer took the silver medal.

After the first two runs of the Winter Olympics, Mazdzer sat in fourth place and had a shot at contending for a medal.

Tucker West of Ridgefield, who was competing in his second Olympic Games in luge, finished a disappointing 26 in the Winter Games in Pyeongchang Sunday.

Gleirscher had a four-run cumulative time of 3:10.702, finishing.026 ahead of Mazdzer (3:10.728) and.230 ahead of Ludwig (3:10.932).

However, his teammate Chris Mazdzer won the silver medal, becoming the first US male luge athlete to win a singles medal in the Olympics.

It's no surprise, Mazdzer's second run was the fastest in that heat demonstrating he was capable of medaling.

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Mazdzer then unleashed a third-round run of 47.534, the finest time of the entire competition to date, that vaulted him into second place, just behind Felix Loch's 2:22.259.

Mazdzer finished 13th in two previous Winter Games, so this was quite a step up.

Loch, who also won gold with the German relay team in Sochi, still stands a chance of becoming the first luger to win four Olympic gold medals as a member of the relay team in Pyeongchang.

The U.S. had already medaled in women's singles luge - Erin Hamlin was the first to do so, winning bronze in 2014 - as well as doubles luge.

Fans of Chris Mazdzer, including his girlfriend Mara Marian (C), react following his third run during the luge men's singles at the Olympic WInter Games PyeongChnag 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Loch struggled in the final run and slipped all the way to fifth, ending his bid to become the second slider to win the event three consecutive times.

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