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

Leslie Jones Chris Mazder Olympics Luge

Leslie Jones Chris Mazder Olympics Luge

The 29-year-old athlete won the silver medal for his excellent placement in the event earlier in the day on Sunday (February 11) in PyeongChang, South Korea. 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.

Halfway through the four-round event, Mazdzer was in fourth place, with a total time of 1:35.517 - just one one-thousandth of a second behind Roman Repilov, Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation, but it would have been enough to keep him off the medal stand.

Germany has long dominated the sport of luge, not only earning the most total medals across all events but also winning the most medals in each individual category: women's singles, men's singles, doubles, and relay, which was introduced in the last winter Olympics in Sochi.

Thirteen was a very lucky number for Chris Mazdzer of the US on the opening weekend of the 2018 Olympic Games.

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).

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In his third Winter Games, he finished 13th in 2010 and 2014, Mazdzer broke through with the performance he had been searching for on the world's biggest stage.

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

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.

Before Sunday, the highest an American had finished in the singles luge was fourth place. In the final run his time of 47.677, his second-best of the competition, was enough to land the silver.

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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