An American Man Actually Won A Luge Medal At The Olympics

An American Man Actually Won A Luge Medal At The Olympics

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.

Chris Mazdzer won a silver medal in the luge singles at the Winter Olympics on Sunday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, becoming the first US man to earn a medal in the event. His wobbly final round opened the door for Austrian David Gleirscher, 23, to grab the gold in his Olympic debut. He ended a 54-year drought for Team USA. You can see the full results here. "I've had a rough last two years, and it just shows: Don't ever give up".

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

He set a course record of 47.534 seconds on the third of his four runs in the event, according to Sports Illustrated. He conquered the infamous ninth curve easily to put himself into ideal position for a medal.

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.

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

Mazdzer, who describes himself as a goofball who knows how to flip the switch to serious when he needs, beamed after crossing the finish line. Luger Chris Mazdzer added a second medal to Team USA's total with a silver in luge. The highest an American had finished in men's luge singles before today was fourth.



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