Winter Olympics results: Men's luge

Nikita Kopyrenko of Kazakhstan carries his sled away from the finish area after the first round of the men's luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea Saturday Feb. 10 2018

The highest an American had finished in men's luge singles before today was fourth. Mazdzer put together two phenomenal runs to climb from fourth to third in runs 3 and 4 to win the silver medal in men's singles luge - the first men's singles luge medal in USA history.

Chris Mazdzer during one of his two runs Saturday at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Mazdzer set a course record in the third run with a time of 47.534 seconds, putting him into second place behind Germany's Felix Loch going into the 4th and final run.

As an 18-year-old, West had finished 22nd in the luge men's singles at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. 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.

It's no surprise, Mazdzer's second run was the fastest in that heat demonstrating he was capable of medaling.

Heading into the fourth and final run, he was in the right state of mind.

Mazdzer finished 13th in two previous Winter Games, so this was quite a step up.

Loch had won gold in the last two Olympics in men's singles.

Loch, who also won gold with the German relay team in Sochi, still stands a chance of becoming the first luger to win four Olympic gold medals as a member of the relay team in Pyeongchang.

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

Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Mazdzer grew up in Saranac Lake, N.Y., a 15-minute drive from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. Germany's Johannes Ludwig rounded out the podium with a time of 3:10.932.

Men's luge finals air Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and in primetime on NBC.

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