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.
American Chris Mazdzer earned a silver medal in men's singles luge today (Feb. 11) at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, finishing just.026 seconds behind the victor, David Gleirscher of Austria.
After the first two runs of the Winter Olympics, Mazdzer sat in fourth place and had a shot at contending for a medal.
American Chris Mazdzer came into the Olympics in shocking form, finishing 18th in the overall World Cup standings and admitting that his form had deserted him.
Also on that podium were Austria's David Gleirscher, who won gold in a shocker of his own, and bronze medalist Johannes Ludwig of Germany. Mazdzer finished both the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games in 13th place. Today in PyeongChang, he was going for a third straight gold medal, and would become only the second man in history to do so.
Heading into the fourth and final run, he was in the right state of mind.
Competing in his third Olympics, Mazdzer, 29, followed up two impressive runs on Saturday with an even better performance on Sunday. And when it comes to men's singles luge, Mazdzer will always be the first.
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.
(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.