Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
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Olympics: Austria's Gleirscher wins luge after favorite bombs

Olympics: Austria's Gleirscher wins luge after favorite bombs

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.

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.

Chris Mazdzer won a silver medal in the luge singles at the Winter Olympics on Sunday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, becoming the first USA man to earn a medal in the event.

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

With two fast final runs, teammate Chris Mazdzer moved from fourth place (after the opening two runs Saturday) into second place, winning the silver medal.

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.


As an 18-year-old, West had finished 22nd in the luge men's singles at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. But it was only with his second and third runs - which he finished second and first, respectively - that Mazdzer climbed the leader board.

Heading into the fourth and final run, he was in the right state of mind. Mazdzer had previously never finished better than 13th at the winter Olympics. Johannes Ludwig of Germany won bronze.

On Sunday, he'll try to win a historic medal for Team U.S.A using the same technique that has proven effective for him so far.

Men's luge finals air Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and in primetime on NBC. In the final run his time of 47.677, his second-best of the competition, was enough to land the silver.

Loch had won gold in the last two Olympics in men's singles.

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