Luge: Austrian Gleirscher claims shock gold after Loch flop

Kristopher Nichols
February 12, 2018

Loch had appeared well on his way to earning his third Olympic gold medal in a row - but a disastrous final run unraveled his bid for a three-peat, knocking him not only out of the top spot but also off the podium entirely.

The first two runs of the men's single luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics are complete.

In a shocking development, two-time defending champion Felix Loch of Germany made a crucial mistake on his final run and ended up fifth after leading through three rounds.

"Hi everyone this is United States luge racer Chris Mazdzer ok bye", Buzzfeed reporter David Muck brought Mazbdzer's good looks to the internet's attention on Saturday.

"I can't believe it, it's just a magic moment", said Gleirscher. Mazdzer finished both the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games in 13th place. In fifth place after Run 1, he had the second fastest run of all competitors on Run 2 to jump into fourth place - and he was only 0.001 second behind Roman Repilov, an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation.

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Mazdzer, a 29-year-old native of Lake Placid, N.Y., was a surprise contender after the first two runs of competition, held here Saturday, entering the final rounds in fourth, one-tenth of a second out of third.

Then, when he needed it most, Mazdzer delivered in his fourth run. Gleirscher was faster, but Mazdzer finished in that coveted medal position.

Tucker West of Ridgefield, who was competing in his second Olympic Games in luge, finished a disappointing 26 in the Winter Games in Pyeongchang Sunday.

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

All told, it was an historic day for the US luge team. And when it comes to men's singles luge, Mazdzer will always be the first.

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