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Luge star Felix Loch consoled by father after missing out on medal

12 February, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • ImageCharlotte Kalla of Sweden approaching the finish line to win the first gold medal of the 2018 Winter

German Felix Loch has dominated the men's downhill luge at the Winter Olympics, and had won the Olympic gold on both of his previous attempts.

American Chris Mazdzer earned a silver medal in men's singles luge today (Feb. 11) at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, finishing just.026 seconds behind the victor, David Gleirscher of Austria.

Chasing a third straight gold medal in the event, Loch came into the fourth and final run with a 0.192-second advantage over Chris Mazdzer of the United States, who led Gleirscher by 0.020.

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

(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. But the 22-year-old Ridgefielder finished 37th in the third run with a time of 49.593 and dropped to 26th in the overall standings.


Erin Hamlin did it four years ago when she won bronze in women's singles luge. In fifth place after Run 1, he had the second fastest run of all competitors on Run 2 to jump into fourth place - and he was only 0.001 second behind Roman Repilov, an Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation. Mazdzer had previously never finished better than 13th at the winter Olympics.

Loch struggled in the final run and slipped all the way to fifth, ending his bid to become the second slider to win the event three consecutive times.

Mazdzer won silver in the men's luge finals.

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

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

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