Winter Olympics 2018: Chris Mazdzer wins historic silver in men's singles luge
12 February, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Anita Tucker
"It's 16 years in the making", Mazdzer, a three-time Olympian, told NBC afterward.
He placed fifth out 40 lugers in the opening round, and his strong second run moved him up to fourth place, with just one-thousandth of a second separating him from third-place racer Roman Ripolov of the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation. It hasn't set in. "I've just been having fun the last week".
Mazdzer slipped to seventh in the fourth run but was still able to stay in second place overall and win the silver medal behind Austrian David Gleirscher, who overtook Loch and Mazdzer on the final run. Gleirscher was faster, but Mazdzer finished in that coveted medal position.
"Coming in, the ice temps are dropping".
"The ice, it is so hard right now", said Mazdzer - whose sisters and girlfriend made a decision to show up in body paint on a frigid night.
Loch, who seemed a lock to win his third straight gold medal, hit a wall on his final run and fell to fifth place in the final standings.
Mazdzer claimed a track record in the third heat, only to be lowered by Italy's Dominik Fischnaller in the fourth, as the Italian staged a rally that saw him finish only 0.002 from the podium.
Germany's Johannes Ludwig won the bronze, his compatriot Loch finishing a scarcely believable fifth, ending eight years of Olympic dominance, with his bid to match compatriot and mentor Georg Hackl's 1990s hat-trick in ruins.
Thirteen was not always so lucky for Mazdzer at the Olympics. "I've had really good starts and really good sliding". He ended a 54-year drought for Team USA.
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.
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. He came through in 3:10.702.
Gleirscher had never even medaled in a World Cup singles race before. Tucker West finished 26th and Taylor Morris finished 18th.
Two seasons of frustration had brought the Saranac Lake, New York resident to the brink of an abyss which he felt he would plunge into with a poor result at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
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