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Austria's David Gleirscher wins shocking gold in men's singles luge

Austria's David Gleirscher wins shocking gold in men's singles luge

Although Ridgefield native Tucker West saw his struggles continue on the second day of the luge men's singles competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, he and the rest of the USA Luge program did have cause to celebrate.

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

There aren't many Olympic events that the United States hasn't medaled in.

With two fast final runs, teammate Chris Mazdzer moved from fourth place (after the opening two runs Saturday) into second place, winning the silver medal. Germany's Felix Loch faltered on his final run, allowing Austria's David Gleirscher to move from second into first place and Chris Mazdzer from fourth to second. Mazdzer finished both the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games in 13th place.

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NPR's Melissa Block reports he leaped from his sled after that final run, vaulting "into the stands to hug his family and grab an American flag". But it was only with his second and third runs - which he finished second and first, respectively - that Mazdzer climbed the leader board.

Chris Mazdzer in action during the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 10, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Germany's Johannes Ludwig took the bronze.

Chris Mazdzer slides during the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 10, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Finland beat one of the Olympic favorites, Canada, at last year's world championships and led 1-0 after the first period but the US scored twice in the second period and outshot Finland 23-5 en route to the win.

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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