Winter Olympics results: Men's luge

Watch: Drama At The Luge As Red-Hot Favourite Screws-Up In Final For Major Upset

Watch: Drama At The Luge As Red-Hot Favourite Screws-Up In Final For Major Upset

Austria's David Gleirsche took home the gold, while Germany's Johannes Ludwig earned bronze.

After the first two runs of the Winter Olympics, Mazdzer sat in fourth place and had a shot at contending for a medal.

Thirteen was a very lucky number for Chris Mazdzer of the USA on the opening weekend of the 2018 Olympic Games.

Winter Olympics results: Men's luge

Chris Mazdzer reacts following his track-record run during the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChnag 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Chris Mazdzer is the first American male to win a medal in the singles luge event since 1964, when the sport debuted at the Olympics. Mazdzer finished both the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games in 13th place.

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. Gleirscher was faster, but Mazdzer finished in that coveted medal position. But everything fell apart in the final run as Loch looked a shell of his self, unable to control his line down the hill.

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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.

Mazdzer fought valiantly to finish second, but he didn't have enough time in him to catch Gleirscher, who pulled off a stunning win.

It's the first time the United States has medaled in the event since it became an Olympic sport in 1964. Finland beat one of the Olympic favorites, Canada, at last year's world championships and led 1-0 after the first period but the US scored twice in the second period and outshot Finland 23-5 en route to the win.

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Fellow American Taylor Morris finished in 18th place and Tucker West did not make it to the final run.

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