Chris Mazdzer Latest News, Photos, and Videos

Adjust Comment Print

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

Loch, who also won gold with the German relay team in Sochi, still stands a chance of becoming the first luger to win four Olympic gold medals as a member of the relay team in Pyeongchang. "I've had a rough last two years, and it just shows: Don't ever give up".

And, he made history early Sunday, winning silver in the men's luge.

Mazdzer had a little trouble in run 4, but held it together and it looked like he would end up with a bronze medal.

In a shocking development, two-time defending champion Felix Loch of Germany made a crucial mistake on his final run and ended up fifth after leading through three rounds.

Steady sliding throughout the competition - including a then-track record time of 47.534 seconds in his third run - helped Mazdzer secure a silver medal and become the first American man to medal in singles luge.

(L-R) Chris Mazdzer, David Gleirscher and Johannes Ludwig celebrate at the flower ceremony following the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Germany's Johannes Ludwig took the bronze.

Felix Loch has done a Devon Loch. In both 2010 and 2014, the 29-year-old placed 13th in the singles luge.

He has struggled since a career-high ranking of No. 3 on the World Cup circuit for the 2015-16 season.

Fellow American Taylor Morris finished in 18th place and Tucker West did not make it to the final run.

The event premiered at the 1964 Winter Olympics.

Long itself an underdog - if not an outright underachiever - USA Luge now has its first medal on the men's side, joining five previous medals won either in doubles competition or in women's singles.