Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Saranac Lake's Chris Mazdzer wins first ever men's luge singles medal

Saranac Lake's Chris Mazdzer wins first ever men's luge singles medal

With Erin Hamlin winning the first singles Olympic luge medal at the 2014 Sochi Games, the United States has finally rounded out their luge trophy case.

It is Team USA's first ever men's singles Olympic luge medal.

David Gleirscher of Austria won gold and Johannes Ludwig of Germany captured bronze. You can see the full results here.

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.

Loch was still beaming in the leader's booth as his rivals took their turns but the smile left his face when American surprise package Mazdzer bettered his time with a scintillating 47.534 run to leap into second. Mazdzer, meanwhile, broke the course record set by Loch moments earlier to move into second. He conquered the infamous ninth curve easily to put himself into flawless position for a medal. After his final run, he ran into the stands immediately to hug his family. "I'm an outsider. I like being the underdog".

Then, when he needed it most, Mazdzer delivered in his fourth run. Gleirscher was faster, but Mazdzer finished in that coveted medal position. The highest an American had finished in men's luge singles before today was fourth. Tucker West finished 26th and Taylor Morris finished 18th. And when it comes to men's singles luge, Mazdzer will always be the first.

Team USA is starting to gain momentum in the medal hunt at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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