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Olympics: Austria's Gleirscher wins luge after favorite bombs

12 February, 2018, 01:46 | Author: John Swanson
  • Nikita Kopyrenko of Kazakhstan carries his sled away from the finish area after the first round of the men's luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea Saturday Feb. 10 2018

He placed fifth out 40 lugers in the opening round, and his strong second run moved him up to fourth place, with just one-thousandth of a second separating him from third-place racer Roman Ripolov of the Olympic Athletes of Russian Federation.

Then gradually, nearly inexplicably, the worm turned in the weeks that followed that emotional confession on January 21. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E) Chris Mazdzer of United States competes in the first round of the men's luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. You can see the full results here. "I don't know how to describe it".

(L-R) Chris Mazdzer, David Gleirscher and Johannes Ludwig celebrate after watching 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.

He borrowed sleds, recorded videos of himself, changed his blades and suddenly a light began flickering in the cave. "I think that really helped me have that great third run".

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Repilov faltered on his third run, creating an opening for Mazdzer, who took advantage in a big way.

Chris Mazdzer set U.S. Olympic history Sunday by finishing second in the luge men's singles competition, becoming the first American man to medal in an event that made its Winter Games debut in 1964.

Felix Loch has done a Devon Loch.

It lifted Mazdzer to second in the standings, while wiping the smile off Loch's face as he stood in the leaders' booth.

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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. "My family, friends are here, and it feels like I'm at home right now".

"It wasn't my year, but that's the best thing about the Olympics", Mazdzer said.

"In between runs, I was just hanging out with them".

The light in the cave is now blinding for Mazdzer who will be able to continue his 16-year love affair with luge, for all its frustrations. For the Olympics, you've just got to go for it. ... Oh my God, honestly it came down to, I need to do well at the Olympics to keep going.

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"Now I'm up there".

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