Olympics: Austria's Gleirscher wins luge after favorite bombs

Mazdzer broke the course record Loch had set moments earlier to vault into second place, putting together a flawless run.

Felix Loch made a critical error late in his final run Sunday to surrender his Olympic luge title and make schnapps-drinking David Gleirscher the first Austrian men's victor in the event in 50 years.

Germany's Johannes Ludwig won the bronze, his compatriot Loch finishing a scarcely believable fifth, ending eight years of Olympic dominance, with his bid to match compatriot and mentor Georg Hackl's 1990s hat-trick in ruins.

Hey, it took just 54 years. Today, it was Chris Mazdzer's turn.

"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. Whenever you lose, keep fighting.


Mazdzer is a three-time Olympian, having finished 13th in both 2010 and 2014.

With a final time of 3:10.728, Mazdzer won silver thanks to a strong closing run over the last two rounds. He conquered the infamous ninth curve easily to put himself into ideal position for a medal.

Since Keshavan finished outside the top 20 after three runs, he did not get to compete in the fourth and final run, which decided the medals. "I'm an outsider. I like being the underdog".

Mazdzer, who describes himself as a goofball who knows how to flip the switch to serious when he needs, beamed after crossing the finish line. Germany has dominated the luge event historically, and it looks like they're positioned well to walk away with the gold medal once again.

Before Sunday, the highest an American had finished in the singles luge was fourth place. Mazdzer's medal was the Team USA's sixth all time in the luge, which was introduced to the Winter Games in 1964.


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