Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Luge star Felix Loch consoled by father after missing out on medal

Luge star Felix Loch consoled by father after missing out on medal

It was a tough break for Loch in PyeongChang, but that left open the opportunity for David Gleirscher to capture gold, and American Chris Mazdzer to win silver, marking the U.S.' first men's singles medal in the luge.

Chris Mazdzer has used his runners to etch himself a place in history.

Mazdzer performed his best on the world's biggest stage to bring home his first Olympic medal.

(L-R) Chris Mazdzer, David Gleirscher and Johannes Ludwig react as they watch the final run of Felix Loch in the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Mazdzer grew up in Saranac Lake, N.Y., a 15-minute drive from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. "I've had a rough last two years, and it just shows: Don't ever give up".

Indeed, his previous Olympic showings didn't exactly augur this historic feat.

Loch struggled in the final run and slipped all the way to fifth, ending his bid to become the second slider to win the event three consecutive times. Mazdzer also broke the course record to move into second place. It's a huge jump in performance for Mazdzer though, who finished 13th at the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games. In the final run his time of 47.677, his second-best of the competition, was enough to land the silver.

Heading into the fourth and final run, he was in the right state of mind. Now that an American has earned a medal in men's singles luge too, team spokesman Sandy Caligiore said Sunday they've got their sights set even higher. The U.S. had won five medals in luge since the sport was introduced to the Games in 1964, but none in men's singles.

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