Winter Olympics results: Men's luge

Leslie Jones Chris Mazder Olympics Luge

Leslie Jones Chris Mazder Olympics Luge

Loch had appeared well on his way to earning his third Olympic gold medal in a row - but a disastrous final run unraveled his bid for a three-peat, knocking him not only out of the top spot but also off the podium entirely, as well.

The U.S. men's team had previously captured medals in the luge doubles competition (1998 and 2002).

(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.

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

Austria's David Gleirscher struggled to make the Olympic team, but is now the men's luge gold medalist. 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.

A clean run for Loch nearly guaranteed a medal, and yet, amazingly, he made a slight but hugely significant error that saw him slump to fifth in the overall standings. In both 2010 and 2014, the 29-year-old placed 13th in the singles luge. Mazdzer broke the course record Loch had set moments earlier to vault into second place, putting together a flawless run. All he needed to do in his fourth and final run today was not falter-and he didn't. His solid final run then shored up his claim on silver.

The best the US had ever done in the Olympic event was fourth-place finishes by Tony Benshoof in 2006 and Adam Heidt in 2002.

Notes: Taylor Morris, the third American competing in men's singles, finished 18th overall with a cumulative time of 3:12.547.

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