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Winter Olympics 2018: Chris Mazdzer wins historic silver in men's singles luge

11 February 2018, 05:52 | Anna Jefferson

ImageCharlotte Kalla of Sweden approaching the finish line to win the first gold medal of the 2018 Winter

ImageCharlotte Kalla of Sweden approaching the finish line to win the first gold medal of the 2018 Winter

American Chris Mazdzer earned a silver medal in men's singles luge today (Feb. 11) at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, finishing just.026 seconds behind the victor, David Gleirscher of Austria. The USA claimed silver and bronze in doubles at the 1998 Nagano Games and the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, and Erin Hamlin claimed bronze four years ago in Sochi to become the first woman to medal.

But there was joy for the unheralded Gleirscher, 23, who took gold ahead of the American Chris Mazdzer.

"It's 16 years in the making", Mazdzer told NBC's Lewis Johnson after winning silver. Whenever you lose, keep fighting.

Mazdzer, a 29-year-old from MA in his third Olympic games, essentially clinched the medal stand yesterday with a terrific third run. 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.

Mazdzer took advantage of Russian Roman Repilov faltering in Run 3 to move into second place, and maintained the momentum in the last run. The 47.534 seconds run set a course record and was the best single run in the entire competition. He conquered the infamous ninth curve easily to put himself into flawless position for a medal.




Far more heartbreaking was Loch; he hopped just the tiniest bit on his final run, enough to drop him into fifth.

It's no surprise, Mazdzer's second run was the fastest in that heat demonstrating he was capable of medaling.

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

Mazdzer slid into gold medal contention on Saturday, giving the underdog United States team a glimpse of hope while competing against beasts in the field, such as Germany and Austria.

"Hi everyone this is USA luge racer Chris Mazdzer ok bye", Buzzfeed reporter David Muck brought Mazbdzer's good looks to the internet's attention on Saturday.



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