An American Man Actually Won A Luge Medal At The Olympics

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

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

The 29-year-old athlete won the silver medal for his excellent placement in the event earlier in the day on Sunday (February 11) in PyeongChang, South Korea.

It's Mazdzer's third Olympics, but he didn't come close to medaling before. 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. Erin Hamlin became the first American to win a singles medal in the women's event in 2014; the US has four medals in doubles. But it was only with his second and third runs - which he finished second and first, respectively - that Mazdzer climbed the leader board.

Chris Mazdzer during one of his two runs Saturday at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

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Chris Mazdzer reacts following his track-record run during the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChnag 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. He completed the four runs with a cumulative time of 3 minutes, 10.702 seconds, edging out Mazdzer by 0.026.

West, who was 18th overall following the first two runs, had hoped to move up in the final standings on Sunday.

Mazdzer finished 13th in two previous Winter Games, so this was quite a step up.

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

The event premiered at the 1964 Winter Olympics. Johannes Ludwig of Germany was the bronze medalist.

He was headed for a third straight gold medal entering his fourth and final run in the men's singles luge after scores that ranked him second, first, and second (respectively) on his first three runs. In the final run his time of 47.677, his second-best of the competition, was enough to land the silver.

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