Olympics: Austria's Gleirscher wins luge after favorite bombs

Leslie Jones Chris Mazder Olympics Luge

The 29-year-old athlete won the silver medal for his excellent placement in the event earlier in the day on Sunday (February 11) in PyeongChang, South Korea.

(L-R) Chris Mazdzer, David Gleirscher and Johannes Ludwig react as they watch 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.

Halfway through the four-round event, Mazdzer was in fourth place, with a total time of 1:35.517 - just one one-thousandth of a second behind Roman Repilov, Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation, but it would have been enough to keep him off the medal stand.

Erin Hamlin is the only USA luge athlete of any gender to medal in singles competition at the Olympics, having won bronze in 2014.

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

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Single's luge consists of four timed runs on a sled down a narrow, serpentine track.

However, his teammate Chris Mazdzer won the silver medal, becoming the first USA male luge athlete to win a singles medal in the Olympics. Mazdzer finished both the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games in 13th place.

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.

The event premiered at the 1964 Winter Olympics. Johannes Ludwig of Germany won bronze.

Notes: Taylor Morris, the third American competing in men's singles, finished 18th overall with a cumulative time of 3:12.547. Finland beat one of the Olympic favorites, Canada, at last year's world championships and led 1-0 after the first period but the US scored twice in the second period and outshot Finland 23-5 en route to the win. In the final run his time of 47.677, his second-best of the competition, was enough to land the silver.

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