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


The U.S. men's team had previously captured medals in the luge doubles competition (1998 and 2002).

Chris Mazdzer has used his runners to etch himself a place in history.

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. Germany's Felix Loch faltered on his final run, allowing Austria's David Gleirscher to move from second into first place and Chris Mazdzer from fourth to second.

After the first two runs of the Winter Olympics, Mazdzer sat in fourth place and had a shot at contending for a medal.

(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.

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After the event Sunday, Mazdzer said his silver capped years of struggle. Whenever you lose, keep fighting.

A clean run for Loch nearly guaranteed a medal, and yet, amazingly, he made a slight but hugely significant error that saw him slump to fifth in the overall standings.

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. But it was only with his second and third runs - which he finished second and first, respectively - that Mazdzer climbed the leader board.

The best the USA had ever done in the Olympic event was fourth-place finishes by Tony Benshoof in 2006 and Adam Heidt in 2002. Now that an American has earned a medal in men's singles luge too, team spokesman Sandy Caligiore said Sunday they've got their sights set even higher. "We like bronze, we like silver".