Chris Mazdzer becomes first man to win individual Olympic luge medal

Getty Images
0 Comments

In a stunning final run, Chris Mazdzer became the first American man to win an Olympic singles medal in luge.

Mazdzer finished with a cumulative time of 3:10.728, good enough for silver.

Germany’s Felix Loch, the two-time defending Olympic gold medalist, entered the final run in prime position to take gold, but a disastrous final run by the German pushed him outside of medal contention altogether.

Instead it was Austria’s David Gleirscher set a new track record of 47.652 seconds to stun the competition, winning the gold medal.

Mazdzer was not expected to contend for a medal, but that status changed in the second run, in which he placed second behind Loch with a time of 47.717 seconds. The American set a course record on Run 3 with a time of 47.534 seconds, which firmly set him within striking distance of a medal.

Mazdzer now joins Erin Hamlin as one of only two Americans, male or female, to win an Olympic singles medal in luge.

 

Results

Gold: David Gleirscher (AUT), 3:10.702

Silver: Chris Mazdzer (USA), 3:10.728

Bronze: Johannes Ludwig (GER), 3:10.932

4: Dominik Fischnaller (ITA), 3:10.934

5: Felix Loch (GER), 3:10.968

6: Sam Edney (CAN), 3:11.021

7: Kevin Fischnaller (ITA), 3:11.054

8: Roman Repilov (OAR), 3:11.108

9: Wolfgang Kindl (AUT), 3:11.133

10. Andi Langenhan (GER), 3:11.433