Saranac Lake’s Chris Mazdzer Wins Silver Medal In Men’s Singles Luge And Makes History
Sarancac Lake native, Chris Mazdzer, made history for the U.S. giving the Americans their first men's singles medal at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
David Gleirscher struggled to make Austria's Olympic team. Chris Mazdzer's season hit rock-bottom less than a month ago. Now, both stood higher than anyone else atop the men's luge podium Sunday as the reign of Germany's Felix as Olympic champion was about to come to a slippery, stunning and sudden end.
Gleirscher was the surprise first-run leader, even bigger surprise as the leader when it was all over. Finishing his four runs at the Alpensia sliding center in 3 minutes, 10.702 seconds for the gold, Austria's first in men's luge in 50 years.
.Something to put everything in perspective.
There have been 33 men who have represented USA Luge in singles at the Olympics, with a combined48 appearances between them. The average finish among them had been 19th with only seven top-10 showings. Adam Heidt finished fourth in 2002, Tony Benshoof was fourth in 2006, and those were as close as the Americans had ever been to the medal stand in this event.