An American Man Actually Won A Luge Medal At The Olympics

An American Man Actually Won A Luge Medal At The Olympics

Single's luge consists of four timed runs on a sled down a narrow, serpentine track.

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

Hey, it took just 54 years.

David Gleirscher of Austria, who passed Mazdzer on his final run, took gold, and Johannes Ludwig of Germany took bronze.

The light in the cave is now blinding for Mazdzer who will be able to continue his 16-year love affair with luge, for all its frustrations. "I've just been having fun the last week". Whenever you lose, keep fighting. Loch went to sleep on the lead at the midway mark in 2010 and 2014, and now finds himself in position to join only Germany's Georg Hackl to win three straight Olympic men's luge titles. In fifth place after Run 1, he had the second fastest run of all competitors on Run 2 to jump into fourth place - and he was only 0.001 second behind Roman Repilov, an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation.

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Mazdzer, a 29-year-old native of Lake Placid, N.Y., was a surprise contender after the first two runs of competition, held here Saturday, entering the final rounds in fourth, one-tenth of a second out of third. Mazdzer, meanwhile, broke the course record set by Loch moments earlier to move into second. He conquered the infamous ninth curve easily to put himself into ideal position for a medal. All he needed to do in his fourth and final run today was not falter-and he didn't. "I'm an outsider. I like being the underdog". He shot out of the starting gate and barreled down the course, sliding flawlessly down the hill.

Chris Mazdzer of United States smiles in the finish area after his second run in the men's luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018.

After a shaky start on his final run, the Vancouver and Sochi Olympic gold medalist made contact with the wall and lost all momentum, tumbling to a fifth-place overall finish.

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

Two seasons of frustration had brought the Saranac Lake, New York resident to the brink of an abyss which he felt he would plunge into with a poor result at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

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