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

Jonathan Hernandez
February 12, 2018

The U.S. had won five medals in luge since the sport was introduced to the Games in 1964, but none in men's singles. Gleirscher won Austria's first gold medal at the luge in fifty years, while Mazdzer took the silver medal.

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Chris Mazdzer made history for the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Mazdzer finished both the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games in 13th place.

Chris Mazdzer reacts following his track-record run during the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChnag 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. He scorched the course, with the single best run by anyone in the competition and setting a course record, finishing in a time of 47.534 seconds, to move into second place. All he needed to do in his fourth and final run today was not falter-and he didn't.

Competing in his third Olympics, Mazdzer, 29, followed up two impressive runs on Saturday with an even better performance on Sunday.

Noticeably absent from the medal ceremony: Felix Loch, the German powerhouse who won gold at the past two Winter Games.

"Hi everyone this is U.S. luge racer Chris Mazdzer ok bye", Buzzfeed reporter David Muck brought Mazbdzer's good looks to the internet's attention on Saturday. The bronze went to Johannes Ludwig of Germany.

Before Sunday, the highest an American had finished in the singles luge was fourth place.

Chris Mazdzer slides during the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 10, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. 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.

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