Chris Mazdzer Wins US's First Men's Singles Olympic Luge Medal

12 Febrero, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Thomas Hicks
  • Chris Mazdzer Wins US's First Men's Singles Olympic Luge Medal

American Chris Mazdzer came into the Olympics in shocking form, finishing 18th in the overall World Cup standings and admitting that his form had deserted him.

It is Team USA's first ever men's singles Olympic luge medal.

Austria's David Gleirscher took gold and Germany's Johannes Ludwig bronze.

Although Ridgefield native Tucker West saw his struggles continue on the second day of the luge men's singles competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, he and the rest of the USA Luge program did have cause to celebrate.

The 29-year-old from Saranac Lake, New York, headed into Sunday's final two runs just one thousandth of a second out of third and two tenths of a second off the leader, two-time gold medalist Felix Loch of Germany.

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"It's 16 years in the making", Mazdzer told NBC's Lewis Johnson after winning silver.

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. 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. 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.

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. All he needed to do in his fourth and final run today was not falter-and he didn't.

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.

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