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

12 February 2018, 12:50 | Mandy Simon

More fans than ever. Chris Mazdzer rocketed from obscurity to Olympic stardom

More fans than ever. Chris Mazdzer rocketed from obscurity to Olympic stardom

He was headed for a third straight gold medal entering his fourth and final run in the men's singles luge after scores that ranked him second, first, and second (respectively) on his first three runs.

Chris Mazdzer celebrates winning the silver medal in the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChnang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Chris Mazdzer slides during the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Chris Mazdzer slides during the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 10, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. "I never made podium during the World Cup and now I am at the top of the podium", Gleirscher said.

Chris Mazdzer won a silver medal in the luge singles at the Winter Olympics on Sunday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, becoming the first USA man to earn a medal in the event.

It took help from team mates, friends and rivals in the close-knit luge community for Mazdzer to unlock a winning combination that would transform his sled into a chariot of glory on the hard ice track of Pyeongchang. "My family, friends are here, and it feels like I'm at home right now".

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. "So I was able to take other competitors' sleds down the tracks and see how it felt".

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

Felix Loch has done a Devon Loch.

It lifted Mazdzer to second in the standings, while wiping the smile off Loch's face as he stood in the leaders' booth. 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.

After the event Sunday, Mazdzer said his silver capped years of struggle. "It was so motivating". He finished his four runs at the Alpensia Sliding Center in 3 minutes, 10.702 seconds for the gold, Austria's first in men's luge in 50 years.

"So I´m looking forward to the Olympic village to go to bed".

"Now I'm up there".

"And now I can keep going".




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