Chris Mazdzer wins USA's first-ever male singles luge medal

12 February, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Perrine Laffont

American luge racer Chris Mazdzer is competing for the gold during the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, and he's stealing quite a few hearts in the process.

Chris Mazdzer in action during the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 10, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The event premiered at the 1964 Winter Olympics.

Austria's David Gleirscher took gold and Germany's Johannes Ludwig bronze. Today in PyeongChang, he was going for a third straight gold medal, and would become only the second man in history to do so.

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

"It wasn't my year, but that's the best thing about the Olympics", Mazdzer said.

"It's 16 years in the making", Mazdzer, a three-time Olympian, told NBC afterward.

Hey, it took just 54 years. "Whenever you lose, keep fighting".

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.

Wearing a No. 13 bib this time around, Mazdzer set himself up in better position in Pyeongchang with a fifth-place standing after the opening run. His solid final run then shored up his claim on silver. He won a singles medal in luge, taking the silver.

(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.

The only other USA medals in the sport came with back-to-back silver and bronze finishes in doubles in 1998 and 2002.

"The men's medal and then the gold medal, and then we'll be a happy organization", Caligiore said.



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