Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Chris Mazdzer wins USA's first-ever male singles luge medal

Chris Mazdzer wins USA's first-ever male singles luge medal

Chris Mazdzer celebrates winning the silver medal in the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChnang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

David Gleirscher of Austria took gold and Johannes Ludwig of Germany took home bronze.

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.

Chris Mazdzer during one of his two runs Saturday at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Chris Mazdzer is the first American male to win a medal in the singles luge event since 1964, when the sport debuted at the Olympics.

Single's luge consists of four timed runs on a sled down a narrow, serpentine track. It's a huge jump in performance for Mazdzer though, who finished 13th at the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games.

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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.

Heading into the fourth and final run, he was in the right state of mind.

Loch, who seemed a lock to win his third straight gold medal, hit a wall on his final run and fell to fifth place in the final standings.

Mazdzer won silver in the men's luge finals.

Before Sunday, the highest an American had finished in the singles luge was fourth place. Loch had appeared well on his way to earning his third Olympic gold medal in a row - but a disastrous final run unraveled his bid for a three-peat, knocking him not only out of the top spot but also off the podium entirely.

The best the USA had ever done in the Olympic event was fourth-place finishes by Tony Benshoof in 2006 and Adam Heidt in 2002.

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