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. In doing so, Mazdzer became the first American man to win a medal in men's singles, which debuted at the 1964 Winter Games.
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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. In both 2010 and 2014, he finished 13th.More news: UK official warns Oxfam at hand over all information on intercourse case
Mazdzer, the 29-year-old from Pittsfield, Mass., finished behind Austria's David Gleirscher, who won a shocking gold as Germany's Felix Loch faltered in his final run. He completed the four runs with a cumulative time of 3 minutes, 10.702 seconds, edging out Mazdzer by 0.026. After his final run, he ran into the stands immediately to hug his family. But it was only with his second and third runs - which he finished second and first, respectively - that Mazdzer climbed the leader board.
German Felix Loch, who has won three consecutive gold medals, was in first in the last run but hit the wall and ended up fifth.
The U.S. had already medaled in women's singles luge - Erin Hamlin was the first to do so, winning bronze in 2014 - as well as doubles luge.More news: Is Trump More Popular Than Obama?
Men's luge finals air Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and in primetime on NBC.
"Hi everyone this is United States luge racer Chris Mazdzer ok bye", Buzzfeed reporter David Muck brought Mazbdzer's good looks to the internet's attention on Saturday.
On the fourth and final run, Loch did what he had never done before in the Olympic Games - he had a disastrous run.More news: Indian PM arrives in Ramallah for talks with Abbas