U.S. wins first-ever Olympic medal in men's singles luge

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

Mazdzer slid into gold medal contention on Saturday, giving the underdog United States team a glimpse of hope while competing against beasts in the field, such as Germany and Austria.

Saranac Lake's Chris Mazdzer is the first American man ever to medal in men's luge singles.

In both 2010 and 2014, the 29-year-old placed 13th in the singles luge.

Mazdzer slipped to seventh in the fourth run but was still able to stay in second place overall and win the silver medal behind Austrian David Gleirscher, who overtook Loch and Mazdzer on the final run.

Gleirscher moved to the top of the standings with a composed final run but German Loch needed only to complete an error-free effort at the Olympic Sliding Center to be assured of his golden hat-trick.

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Felix Loch made a critical error late in his final run Sunday to surrender his Olympic luge title and make schnapps-drinking David Gleirscher the first Austrian men's victor in the event in 50 years. Mazdzer broke the course record Loch had set moments earlier to vault into second place, putting together a flawless run. Germany's Johannes Ludwig rounded out the podium with a time of 3:10.932.

"Hi everyone this is USA luge racer Chris Mazdzer ok bye", Buzzfeed reporter David Muck brought Mazbdzer's good looks to the internet's attention on Saturday.

"For the Olympics, you just have to go for it", Mazdzer said Saturday after his first two trial runs.

Loch struggled in the final run and slipped all the way to fifth, ending his bid to become the second slider to win the event three consecutive times. Today, it was Chris Mazdzer's turn.

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