Pyeongchang 2018: Mazdzer wins first men’s singles luge medal for U.S.

Pyeongchang 2018: Mazdzer wins first men's singles luge medal for U.S.

Chris Mazdzer’s silver medal Sunday in Pyeongchang was the primary males’s singles medal for an American in Winter Olympic Video games historical past.

The 29-year-old is from Saranac Lake, N.Y. He’s ranked No. 18 on this planet. Mazdzer completed second to Austria’s David Gleirscher.

German Johannes Ludwig received the bronze medal.

Gleirscher posted a profitable time of three:10.702. Mazdzer completed zero.026 seconds behind the chief, adopted by Ludwig ending zero.230 behind Gleirscher.

American Taylor Morris completed in 18th place, 1.845 seconds behind the chief. Tucker West completed in 26th place.

“It is 16 years within the making,” Mazdzer instructed NBC after the race. “I’ve had a tough final two years, and it simply exhibits: Do not ever surrender. Everytime you lose, maintain combating.”

“The circumstances are good for me. It is chilly. It is technical. Persons are messing up. I simply went for it. I took the coaching wheels off. I used to be uncontrolled throughout these 4 runs. I held it collectively and it simply means every thing. Particularly as a result of my household is right here.”

Mazdzer mentioned he was “at peace with himself” earlier than the run.

Flag bearer Erin Hamlin received bronze in ladies’s singles luge on the 2014 Winter Video games. Mazdzer’s medal was the sixth all time within the luge for Staff USA. The occasion was launched to the Video games in 1964.

Mazdzer did it by climbing up from fourth to 3rd place after his third and fourth runs. He clinched the silver medal after two-time defending champion Felix Loch could not pull off a clear effort in his closing run.

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