An American Man Actually Won A Luge Medal At The Olympics

An American Man Actually Won A Luge Medal At The Olympics

German Felix Loch has dominated the men's downhill luge at the Winter Olympics, and had won the Olympic gold on both of his previous attempts.

Wearing bib No. 13, the 29-year-old Mazdzer won a silver medal in men's luge at a frigid (12ºF) Alpensia Sliding Centre Sunday night.

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 performed his best on the world's biggest stage to bring home his first Olympic medal.

Chris Mazdzer made history for the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Erin Hamlin did it four years ago when she won bronze in women's singles luge.

Mazdzer competed in the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2010 Vancouver Games but did not win a medal.

Mazdzer finished 0.026 seconds behind David Gleirscher of Austria and 0.204 ahead of Johannes Ludwig of Germany. It was on his third run that Mazdzer really clinched his medal.

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's medal was the Team USA's sixth all time in the luge, which was introduced to the Winter Games in 1964.

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.

Men's luge finals air Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and in primetime on NBC.

But, Germany's Felix Loch who looked like he was on his way to his third consecutive Olympic gold, faltered on the final run and finished 5th.

The highest the USA men had ever placed in the Olympics was fourth in 2002 (Adam Heidt) and 2006 (Tony Benshoof).