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Top luge moments from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games

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From Chris Mazdzer’s silver to Germany’s dominance, the luge did not disappoint in PyeongChang. Here are the best moments from the 2018 Winter Games:

Chris Mazdzer wins historic silver for Team USA

No U.S. man had ever won a medal in singles luge. Erin Hamlin won the first singles medal four years ago in Sochi. But Mazdzer put together four fantastic runs to snag a a surprising silver. Mazdzer couldn’t stop smiling and having fun after his silver, and for good reason.

“Two Tobis” repeat in doubles luge

The “Two Tobis,” Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl kept up the German dominance in the doubles luge, winning gold by 0.088 seconds. It was their second consecutive Olympic title, and they added one more in the team relay (see below). Team Germany made plenty of noise on the luge track.

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Germany repeat as luge relay champions, Team USA finishes 4th

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Gold: Germany (Natalie Geisenberger, Johannes Ludwig, and Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt)
Silver: Canada (Alex Gough, Sam Edney, and Tristan Walker and Justin Snith)
Bronze: Austria (Madelein Egle, David Gleirscher, and Peter Penz and Georg Fischler)

The German team won gold in the luge again. Ho hum. Natalie Geisenberger, Johannes Ludwig, and Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt defended the country’s gold from 2014 with another dominant victory in the luge team relay. If it wasn’t for Felix Loch’s disastrous final run in men’s singles luge, Germany would have swept gold medals across the luge. Instead, the relay win gave the Germans their sixth medal — and third gold — of the games, winning over a third of the luge hardware given out in PyeongChang.

Germany’s time of 2:2T.KT gave them the win by TKT seconds. The Canadian team of Alex Gough, Sam Edney, and Tristan Walker and Justin Snith won silver and the team of Madelein Egle, David Gleirscher, and Peter Penz and Georg Fischler from Austria finished in the bronze medal position.

The U.S. team of Summer Britcher, Chris Mazdzer, and Matthew Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth, only 0.103 out of third.

Each relay team is made up of one women’s sled, a men’s sled, and a doubles sled. The race is run as one continuous race, same as a relay in swimming or track. The women’s sled runs first — as soon as she crosses the finish line she must hit an overhead touchpad. That touchpad opens the gates for the men’s sled. He goes down, and once he hits the touchpad, the doubles team can proceed. Once they finish, the team’s race is over.

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Chris Mazdzer and Summer Britcher lead Team USA in luge relay

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When Chris Mazdzer won the silver medal in men’s singles luge on Feb. 11, he became the first American in history to win a medal in the event.  He’s looking for one more first in the luge team relay on Feb. 15. He will be joined by Summer Britcher, USA Luge confirmed, as the teammates look to become the first Americans to medal in the event.

The doubles team joining Mazdzer and Britcher (a full relay squad is made up of one men’s single sled, one women’s single sled, and one doubles sled) will be decided after the completion of the doubles competition on Feb. 14.

The U.S. finished sixth in the inaugural relay in 2014 with Mazdzer and 2014 Bronze Medalist Erin Hamlin on the single sleds and Christian Niccum and Jayson Terdiman on the doubles sled. Germany won the event with Natalie Geisenberger, Felix Loch, and Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, who all won their respective events in Sochi. Geisenberger won in women’s singles luge in PyeongChang while Loch had the worst run of his Olympic career to miss out on a medal, dropping from first to fifth.

Team USA has the talent to medal in the relay. Mazdzer won his historic silver medal with four mistake-free runs. Britcher, meanwhile, finished 19th in the women’s singles luge, but set the course record on her second run.

The luge team relay takes place on Feb. 15 at 7:30 a.m. ET.

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