Watch the United States capture its first ever Olympic medal in men's luge

Meet the Team USA luge racing star who's heating up the 2018 Winter Olympics

In doing so, Mazdzer became the first American man to win a medal in men's singles, which debuted at the 1964 Winter Games.

Tucker West of Ridgefield, who was competing in his second Olympic Games in luge, finished a disappointing 26 in the Winter Games in Pyeongchang Sunday.

Chris Mazdzer's luge career was on a slippery slope only weeks before he put together a brilliant run to deliver the United States a long-awaited individual Olympic medal in the men's event on Sunday.

"It was not exactly rock bottom but pretty bottom", Mazdzer told Reuters in an interview at the Olympic Sliding Centre in South Korea after finishing runner-up behind another surprise package in Austrian David Gleirscher. You can see the full results here.

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"And I didn't know what to attribute that to". In the final run his time of 47.677, his second-best of the competition, was enough to land the silver. Loch had appeared well on his way to earning his third Olympic gold medal in a row - but a disastrous final run unraveled his bid for a three-peat, knocking him not only out of the top spot but also off the podium entirely. "I think that really helped me have that great third run".

Felix Loch of Germany leads by a substantial 0.218-second margin over Mazdzer.

It lifted Mazdzer to second in the standings, while wiping the smile off Loch's face as he stood in the leaders' booth. Germany's Felix Loch faltered on his final run, allowing Austria's David Gleirscher to move from second into first place and Chris Mazdzer from fourth to second. "We had a huge contingent here from the USA and the best part about them is they're here for you no matter what", said Mazdzer. "My family, friends are here, and it feels like I'm at home right now". "It was so motivating".

"It's 16 years in the making (and) what you dream about as a young child and 20 years later you're finally on the podium", the 29-year-old said.

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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.

"Now I'm up there".

"And now I can keep going".

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