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.
But it was his blazing third run that set the platform to a breakthrough silver in his third Games, beating the track record that Germany's defending double champion Felix Loch had set only moments before.
Chris Mazdzer slides during the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 10, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. He completed the four runs with a cumulative time of 3 minutes, 10.702 seconds, edging out Mazdzer by 0.026. Austrian David Gleirscher only just made it onto the Austrian Olympic team, and had never won a medal at a World Cup event before, his best-ever finish never higher than fourth.
(L-R) Chris Mazdzer, David Gleirscher and Johannes Ludwig celebrate at the flower ceremony following the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
"I would say I did everything right".
Chris Mazdzer celebrates with his girlfriend Mara Marian after winning the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. And in seven of the last eight games, the people who were first and second after two heats remained in that exact order in the final standings. In the final run his time of 47.677, his second-best of the competition, was enough to land the silver.
World champion Kindl was ninth after a disappointing night, while Pavlichenko lies almost a second off the pace in 17th, his medal hopes appearing all but shot.
Mazdzer put together two phenomenal runs to climb from fourth to third in runs 3 and 4 to win the silver medal in men's singles luge - the first men's singles luge medal in US history.
"I knew I could do it", Mazdzer said. "Training wheels are off".
"So I´m looking forward to the Olympic village to go to bed". I'm having a lot of fun out here. "Even my rivals felt for me". Once ranked No. 3 in the world as recently as the 2015-16 season, Mazdzer hadn't medaled since - until the Pyeonchang Games. "(Tomorrow) the weather forecast is a little bit colder than today, so safety first".
"You can either give up or you can keep pushing on", Mazdzer said.
"I can hardly explain it", Gleirscher said. Edney is in the Olympics for the fourth and final time.
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