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

Sheri Evans
February 12, 2018

German Felix Loch has dominated the men's downhill luge at the Winter Olympics, and had won the Olympic gold on both of his previous attempts.

Mazdzer won silver in the men's singles luge - becoming the first American to medal in the event.

It's Mazdzer's third Olympics, but he didn't come close to medaling before. Germany's Felix Loch faltered on his final run, allowing Austria's David Gleirscher to move from second into first place and Chris Mazdzer from fourth to second.

As an 18-year-old, West had finished 22nd in the luge men's singles at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Single's luge consists of four timed runs on a sled down a narrow, serpentine track. But it was only with his second and third runs - which he finished second and first, respectively - that Mazdzer climbed the leader board.

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Gleirscher's cumulative time over four runs (Runs 1 and 2 took place on Saturday, with Runs 3 and 4 on Sunday) was 3:10.702, as he won by 0.026 over Mazdzer. After his final run, he ran into the stands immediately to hug his family. Germany's Johannes Ludwig took bronze, finishing 0.204 behind the American silver medalist.

Mazdzer's US teammates didn't fare quite as well.

He was headed for a third straight gold medal entering his fourth and final run in the men's singles luge after scores that ranked him second, first, and second (respectively) on his first three runs. 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.

"Hi everyone this is USA luge racer Chris Mazdzer ok bye", Buzzfeed reporter David Muck brought Mazbdzer's good looks to the internet's attention on Saturday.

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