Chris Mazdzer wins Olympic silver

Chris Mazdzer wins Olympic silver

Gleirscher won Austria's first gold medal at the luge in fifty years, while Mazdzer took the silver medal.

A clean run for Loch nearly guaranteed a medal, and yet, amazingly, he made a slight but hugely significant error that saw him slump to fifth in the overall standings. Taylor Morris is in 23rd, just five spots behind fellow American West. He ended a 54-year drought for Team USA.

"It's 16 years in the making", Mazdzer told NBC's Lewis Johnson after winning silver.

"I can't believe it, it's just a magic moment", said Gleirscher.

Mazdzer finished 13th in two previous Winter Games, so this was quite a step up. In fifth place after Run 1, he had the second fastest run of all competitors on Run 2 to jump into fourth place - and he was only 0.001 second behind Roman Repilov, an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation.

Mazdzer took advantage of Russian Roman Repilov faltering in Run 3 to move into second place, and maintained the momentum in the last run. He conquered the infamous ninth curve easily to put himself into ideal position for a medal.

He was all set to create history ahead of his final run, as his medal rivals promised little. "I'm an outsider. I like being the underdog".

Then, when he needed it most, Mazdzer delivered in his fourth run. In the end, it left Gleirscher and Mazdzer shocked, but thrilled.

The best the US had ever done in the Olympic event was fourth-place finishes by Tony Benshoof in 2006 and Adam Heidt in 2002.

After a shaky start on his final run, the Vancouver and Sochi Olympic gold medalist made contact with the wall and lost all momentum, tumbling to a fifth-place overall finish. And when it comes to men's singles luge, Mazdzer will always be the first.

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