Chris Mazdzer wins USA's first-ever male singles luge medal

Germany's Felix Loch is consoled by his coach after a late error in the Olympic men's luge

Germany's Felix Loch is consoled by his coach after a late error in the Olympic men's luge. More

Instead of winning his third gold medal in a row in men's singles luge, and matching fellow German Georg Hackl as the only man to win three straight golds, Loch faltered on the final run of the night, falling to fifth place as Austria's David Gleirscher pulled off a thrilling upset over one of luge's all-time greats. Erin Hamlin, the US flag bearer at Friday's Opening Ceremonies, won bronze four years ago in Sochi.

Chris Mazdzer has reason to celebrate. Whenever you lose, keep fighting.

With a final time of 3:10.728, Mazdzer won silver thanks to a strong closing run over the last two rounds. 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.

He set a course record of 47.534 seconds on the third of his four runs in the event, according to Sports Illustrated. He conquered the infamous ninth curve easily to put himself into flawless position for a medal.

Team USA is starting to gain momentum in the medal hunt at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Heading into the fourth and final run, he was in the right state of mind.

"I like being the underdog", he told USA Today earlier. Gleirscher was faster, but Mazdzer finished in that coveted medal position.

As an 18-year-old, West had finished 22nd in the luge men's singles at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Gleirscher is just the second Austrian to win the men's luge at the Olympics, after Manfred Schmid at Grenoble 1968.

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