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Olympics: Austria's Gleirscher wins luge after favorite bombs

12 February 2018, 01:31 | Marlene Fleming

Olympics: Austria's Gleirscher wins luge after favorite bombs

Chris Mazdzer Slides Into History As First US Man To Medal In Singles Luge

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.

Also on that podium were Austria's David Gleirscher, who won gold in a shocker of his own, and bronze medalist Johannes Ludwig of Germany.

Halfway through the four-round event, Mazdzer was in fourth place, with a total time of 1:35.517 - just one one-thousandth of a second behind Roman Repilov, Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation, but it would have been enough to keep him off the medal stand. He won a singles medal in luge, taking the silver.

Mazdzer, a three-time Olympian who finished 13 at the last Olympics, wore his lucky No. 13 and was in fifth place after his first run and fourth after his second run, when he set a track record of 47.534 seconds.

Chris Mazdzer made history for the United States on Sunday night, becoming the first man ever to win a medal in a luge singles competition.

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As an 18-year-old, West had finished 22nd in the luge men's singles at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He completed the four runs with a cumulative time of 3 minutes, 10.702 seconds, edging out Mazdzer by 0.026.

Repilov faltered badly on the third run to drop out of medal contention. Mazdzer's medal was the Team USA's sixth all time in the luge, which was introduced to the Winter Games in 1964.

On the fourth and final run, Loch did what he had never done before in the Olympic Games - he had a disastrous run.

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

It's the first time the USA has medaled in the event since it became an Olympic sport in 1964.



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