Olympics: Austria's Gleirscher wins luge after favorite bombs

Olympics: Austria's Gleirscher wins luge after favorite bombs

Olympics: Austria's Gleirscher wins luge after favorite bombs

Now that an American has earned a medal in men's singles luge too, team spokesman Sandy Caligiore said Sunday they've got their sights set even higher.

Chris Mazdzer celebrates winning the silver medal in the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChnang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

No American had medaled in men's singles luge since the event's introduction to the Olympics in 1964, but Mazdzer sat in fourth place after Saturday's two runs at the PyeongChang Games.

Team USA is starting to gain momentum in the medal hunt at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Today in PyeongChang, he was going for a third straight gold medal, and would become only the second man in history to do so.

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.

(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.

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As a result, Ireland became a little disjointed, with injuries to Tadhg Furlong and Robbie Henshaw souring a comprehensive win. Hat-tricks from CJ Stander and Craig Gilroy helped Ireland to a nine-try win, with Keith Earls also scoring a brace.

Mazdzer then unleashed a third-round run of 47.534, the finest time of the entire competition to date, that vaulted him into second place, just behind Felix Loch's 2:22.259. After his final run, he ran into the stands immediately to hug his family.

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.

Mazdzer's USA teammates didn't fare quite as well. Johannes Ludwig of Germany won bronze.

"Hi everyone this is United States luge racer Chris Mazdzer ok bye", Buzzfeed reporter David Muck brought Mazbdzer's good looks to the internet's attention on Saturday.

Men's luge finals air Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and in primetime on NBC.

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