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

ImageCharlotte Kalla of Sweden approaching the finish line to win the first gold medal of the 2018 Winter

Germany has long dominated the sport of luge, not only earning the most total medals across all events but also winning the most medals in each individual category: women's singles, men's singles, doubles, and relay, which was introduced in the last winter Olympics in Sochi.

Although Ridgefield native Tucker West saw his struggles continue on the second day of the luge men's singles competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, he and the rest of the USA Luge program did have cause to celebrate.

However, his teammate Chris Mazdzer won the silver medal, becoming the first US male luge athlete to win a singles medal in the Olympics.

Chasing a third straight gold medal in the event, Loch came into the fourth and final run with a 0.192-second advantage over Chris Mazdzer of the United States, who led Gleirscher by 0.020.

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

Mazdzer finished second and Germany's Johannes Ludwig took third. In both 2010 and 2014, the 29-year-old placed 13th in the singles luge.

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Gleirscher's cumulative time over four runs (Runs 1 and 2 took place on Saturday, with Runs 3 and 4 on Sunday) was 3:10.702, as he won by 0.026 over Mazdzer.

It's no surprise, Mazdzer's second run was the fastest in that heat demonstrating he was capable of medaling.

NPR's Melissa Block reports he leaped from his sled after that final run, vaulting "into the stands to hug his family and grab an American flag".

Mazdzer fought valiantly to finish second, but he didn't have enough time in him to catch Gleirscher, who pulled off a stunning win.

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

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