Chris Mazdzer Wins US's First Men's Singles Olympic Luge Medal

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

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. David Gleirscher of Austria won the gold medal.

American Chris Mazdzer earned a silver medal in men's singles luge today (Feb. 11) at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, finishing just.026 seconds behind the victor, David Gleirscher of Austria.

Mazdzer, a 29-year-old from MA in his third Olympic games, essentially clinched the medal stand yesterday with a terrific third run.

Repilov faltered badly on the third run to drop out of medal contention.

Mazdzer is a three-time Olympian, having finished 13th in both 2010 and 2014.

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.

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Competing in his third Olympics, Mazdzer, 29, followed up two impressive runs on Saturday with an even better performance on Sunday.

Loch, who seemed a lock to win his third straight gold medal, hit a wall on his final run and fell to fifth place in the final standings. His time of 47.534 was the fastest of the third run and left him second overall going into the final run behind reigning two-time Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany.

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

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. Germany's Johannes Ludwig took the bronze.

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

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