Chris Mazdzer Wins US's First Men's Singles Olympic Luge Medal
Chris Mazdzer Wins US's First Men's Singles Olympic Luge Medal
Leslie Jones and Chris Mazder Blayzen
12 February, 2018, 01:31
With Erin Hamlin winning the first singles Olympic luge medal at the 2014 Sochi Games, the United States has finally rounded out their luge trophy case. Gleirscher won Austria's first gold medal at the luge in fifty years, while Mazdzer took the silver medal.
Saranac Lake's Chris Mazdzer is the first American man ever to medal in men's luge singles.
The luge event is four runs, and after the first two, Mazdzer was fourth, just 0.001 seconds behind Roman Repilov of Russian Federation. But the 22-year-old Ridgefielder finished 37th in the third run with a time of 49.593 and dropped to 26th in the overall standings. 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. But everything fell apart in the final run as Loch looked a shell of his self, unable to control his line down the hill.
Mazdzer finished 13th in two previous Winter Games, so this was quite a step up.
(L-R) Chris Mazdzer, David Gleirscher and Johannes Ludwig celebrate after watching the final run of Felix Loch in the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Germany's Johannes Ludwig took the bronze.
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Mazdzer fought valiantly to finish second, but he didn't have enough time in him to catch Gleirscher, who pulled off a stunning win.
Before Sunday, the highest an American had finished in the singles luge was fourth place.
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