Chris Mazdzer Becomes 1st US Man To Medal In Singles Luge

Leslie Jones Chris Mazder Olympics Luge

Gleirscher, 23, started Day 2 of competition in second place following the first two runs on Saturday.

It was a tough break for Loch in PyeongChang, but that left open the opportunity for David Gleirscher to capture gold, and American Chris Mazdzer to win silver, marking the U.S.' first men's singles medal in the luge.

American luger Chris Mazdzer was on a mission to end a 54-year-old drought.

Mazdzer put together two phenomenal runs to climb from fourth to third in runs 3 and 4 to win the silver medal in men's singles luge - the first men's singles luge medal in USA history.

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.

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.

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Loch struggled in the final run and slipped all the way to fifth, ending his bid to become the second slider to win the event three consecutive times.

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. His solid final run then shored up his claim on silver.

Chris Mazdzer slides in a training session for the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 8, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

He was all set to create history ahead of his final run, as his medal rivals promised little.

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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