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02/11/2018 10:07 am ET Updated Feb 11, 2018

An American Man Actually Won A Luge Medal At The Olympics

In a first for U.S. men, Chris Mazdzer takes home silver.
Chris Mazdzer revels in his history-making achievement.
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Chris Mazdzer revels in his history-making achievement.

Hey, it took just 54 years.

Chris Mazdzer won a silver medal in the luge singles at the Winter Olympics on Sunday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, becoming the first U.S. man to earn a medal in the event.

Austria’s David Gleirscher took gold and Germany’s Johannes Ludwig bronze.

You think Mazdzer’s happy?

Mazdzer finished 13th in two previous Winter Games, so this was quite a step up.

Mazdzer had slumped on the World Cup circuit recently, but it didn’t matter on the world’s biggest stage.

I like being the underdog,” he told USA Today earlier.

 The event premiered at the 1964 Winter Olympics. That’s a lot of Olympics ago.

Chris Mazdzer celebrates after his final run.
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Chris Mazdzer celebrates after his final run.

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

Erin Hamlin, the flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremony for this year’s Olympics, won the first ever medal ― a bronze ― by an American woman in the luge singles in the 2014 Games in Sochi.

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