Chris Mazdzer wins USA's first-ever male singles luge medal

Perrine Laffont

Although Ridgefield native Tucker West saw his struggles continue on the second day of the luge men's singles competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, he and the rest of the USA Luge program did have cause to celebrate.

(L-R) Chris Mazdzer, David Gleirscher and Johannes Ludwig react as they watch the final run of Felix Loch in the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

It's Mazdzer's third Olympics, but he didn't come close to medaling before.

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.

Repilov faltered badly on the third run to drop out of medal contention.




In his third Winter Games, he finished 13th in 2010 and 2014, Mazdzer broke through with the performance he had been searching for on the world's biggest stage.

Heading into the fourth and final run, he was in the right state of mind. Mazdzer's medal was the Team USA's sixth all time in the luge, which was introduced to the Winter Games in 1964.

Chris Mazdzer slides during the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Mazdzer grew up in Saranac Lake, N.Y., a 15-minute drive from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. His time of 47.534 was the fastest of the third run and left him second overall going into the final run behind reigning two-time Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany. The bronze went to Johannes Ludwig of Germany.

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

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