Saranac Lake's Chris Mazdzer wins first ever men's luge singles medal

Saranac Lake's Chris Mazdzer wins first ever men's luge singles medal

Saranac Lake's Chris Mazdzer wins first ever men's luge singles medal

Gleirscher won Austria's first gold medal at the luge in fifty years, while Mazdzer took the silver medal.

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

Congrats to all of the medalists in the men's single luge today.

Chris Mazdzer made history for the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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. Erin Hamlin became the first American to win a singles medal in the women's event in 2014; the US has four medals in doubles.

Repilov faltered badly on the third run to drop out of medal contention.

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

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.

(L-R) Chris Mazdzer, David Gleirscher and Johannes Ludwig celebrate after watching the final run of Felix Loch in the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

German Felix Loch, who has won three consecutive gold medals, was in first in the last run but hit the wall and ended up fifth.

After the event Sunday, Mazdzer said his silver capped years of struggle.

On Sunday, he'll try to win a historic medal for Team U.S.A using the same technique that has proven effective for him so far.

Erin Hamlin became the first American to medal in women's luge when she took home the bronze at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.

Fellow American Taylor Morris finished in 18th place and Tucker West did not make it to the final run.

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