Chris Mazdzer wins USA's first-ever male singles luge medal

Leslie Jones Chris Mazder Olympics Luge

The 23-year-old police moved to the top podium position with a composed final run but Loch needed only to complete an error-free effort at the Olympic Sliding Centre to be assured of his golden hat-trick for Germany.

Halfway through the four-round event, Mazdzer was in fourth place, with a total time of 1:35.517 - just one one-thousandth of a second behind Roman Repilov, Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation, but it would have been enough to keep him off the medal stand. He finished just.026 behind gold medalist David Gleirscher from Austria.

American Chris Mazdzer had the performance of his life to vault from fourth to second in Runs 3 and 4 to win a shocking silver medal - the first medal in men's singles in US history.

Gleirscher's cumulative time over four runs (Runs 1 and 2 took place on Saturday, with Runs 3 and 4 on Sunday) was 3:10.702, as he won by 0.026 over Mazdzer. Taylor Morris is in 23rd, just five spots behind fellow American West.

"It's 16 years in the making (and) what you dream about as a young child and 20 years later you're finally on the podium", the 29-year-old said.

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

In his third Winter Games, he finished 13th in 2010 and 2014, Mazdzer broke through with the performance he had been searching for on the world's biggest stage. His solid final run then shored up his claim on silver.

He was all set to create history ahead of his final run, as his medal rivals promised little.

The medal is the United States's sixth all time in luge and second in singles.

Erin Hamlin is the only USA luge athlete of any gender to medal in singles competition at the Olympics, having won bronze in 2014.

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