Chris Mazdzer Wins US's First Men's Singles Olympic Luge Medal

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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.

The 29-year-old athlete won the silver medal for his excellent placement in the event earlier in the day on Sunday (February 11) in PyeongChang, South Korea.

American Chris Mazdzer had the performance of his life to vault from fourth to second in Runs 3 and 4 to win a shocking silver medal - the first medal in men's singles in US history.

There aren't many Olympic events that the United States hasn't medaled in.

Team USA is starting to gain momentum in the medal hunt at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

It's no surprise, Mazdzer's second run was the fastest in that heat demonstrating he was capable of medaling.

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Erin Hamlin did it four years ago when she won bronze in women's singles luge.

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. He scorched the course, with the single best run by anyone in the competition and setting a course record, finishing in a time of 47.534 seconds, to move into second place. After his final run, he ran into the stands immediately to hug his family.

He was headed for a third straight gold medal entering his fourth and final run in the men's singles luge after scores that ranked him second, first, and second (respectively) on his first three runs.

Chris Mazdzer just did what no American man has ever done.

On the fourth and final run, Loch did what he had never done before in the Olympic Games - he had a disastrous run.

Chris Mazdzer slides during the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 10, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.