Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

West finishes 26th in Olympic luge; teammate wins silver

West finishes 26th in Olympic luge; teammate wins silver

David Gleirscher of Austria won the gold medal.

It's Mazdzer's third Olympics, but he didn't come close to medaling before.

Mazdzer won silver in the men's singles luge - becoming the first American to medal in the event.

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

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Mazdzer competed in the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2010 Vancouver Games but did not win a medal.

Chris Mazdzer reacts following his track-record run during the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChnag 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Mazdzer then unleashed a third-round run of 47.534, the finest time of the entire competition to date, that vaulted him into second place, just behind Felix Loch's 2:22.259. But the 22-year-old Ridgefielder finished 37th in the third run with a time of 49.593 and dropped to 26th in the overall standings. All he needed to do in his fourth and final run today was not falter-and he didn't.

Mazdzer finished 13th in two previous Winter Games, so this was quite a step up.

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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.

Noticeably absent from the medal ceremony: Felix Loch, the German powerhouse who won gold at the past two Winter Games. Germany's Johannes Ludwig took the bronze.

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.

Chris Mazdzer slides during the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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Before Sunday, the highest an American had finished in the singles luge was fourth place.

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