Winter Olympics 2018: Chris Mazdzer wins historic silver in men's singles luge

Leslie Jones

Fans of Chris Mazdzer, including his girlfriend Mara Marian (C), react following his third run during the luge men's singles at the Olympic WInter Games PyeongChnag 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Chris Mazdzer has used his runners to etch himself a place in history. "I've had a rough last two years, and it just shows: Don't ever give up". Gleirscher's win was Austria's first in men's luge in 50 years. Germany's Johannes Ludwig took bronze, finishing 0.204 behind the American silver medalist.

After his final run, he ran into the stands immediately to hug his family.

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.

(L-R) Chris Mazdzer, David Gleirscher and Johannes Ludwig celebrate at the flower ceremony following the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The 29-year-old from Saranac Lake, New York, headed into Sunday's final two runs just one thousandth of a second out of third and two tenths of a second off the leader, two-time gold medalist Felix Loch of Germany. Mazdzer finished both the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games in 13th place.

The surprise stemmed from a subpar performance this past World Cup season, which saw a top finish of sixth place.

Fellow American Taylor Morris finished in 18th place and Tucker West did not make it to the final run.

His podium finish ends a drought that extends to the sport's Olympic debut back in 1964.

The only other US medals in the sport came with back-to-back silver and bronze finishes in doubles in 1998 and 2002. He won a singles medal in luge, taking the silver.

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