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Luge – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Men’s Singles Competition – Olympic Sliding Centre- Pyeongchang South Korea

The U.S. men's team had previously captured medals in the luge doubles competition (1998 and 2002).

American luge racer Chris Mazdzer is competing for the gold during the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, and he's stealing quite a few hearts in the process.

It's Mazdzer's third Olympics, but he didn't come close to medaling before.

Mazdzer, a 29-year-old from MA in his third Olympic games, essentially clinched the medal stand yesterday with a terrific third run.

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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.

Chris Mazdzer reacts following his track-record run during the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChnag 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

In his third Winter Games, he finished 13th in 2010 and 2014, Mazdzer broke through with the performance he had been searching for on the world's biggest stage. But it was only with his second and third runs - which he finished second and first, respectively - that Mazdzer climbed the leader board. He completed the four runs with a cumulative time of 3 minutes, 10.702 seconds, edging out Mazdzer by 0.026.

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

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German Felix Loch, who has won three consecutive gold medals, was in first in the last run but hit the wall and ended up fifth. Germany's Johannes Ludwig took bronze, finishing 0.204 behind the American silver medalist. 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.

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

Mazdzer's USA teammates didn't fare quite as well.

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