Austria's David Gleirscher wins shocking gold in men's singles luge

American Chris Mazdzer came into the Olympics in shocking form, finishing 18th in the overall World Cup standings and admitting that his form had deserted him.

The 28-year-old Loch was on the verge of history in Pyeongchang, where he was just seconds away from becoming the sport's first four-time gold medallist. 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.

Mazdzer, 29, began the second of two days of racing in fourth place but launched himself into second place with a near-flawless third run before sealing his medal with a solid final showing.

India's Shiva Keshavan finished 34th out of 40 sliders in the men's singles luge event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Sunday. 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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Felix Loch has done a Devon Loch.

Mazdzer finished 13th in two previous Winter Games, so this was quite a step up. He hasn't made a podium since and his best finish during the most recent World Cup season was sixth. Tucker West finished 26th and Taylor Morris finished 18th.

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

The best the USA had ever done in the Olympic event was fourth-place finishes by Tony Benshoof in 2006 and Adam Heidt in 2002. Germany's Johannes Ludwig rounded out the podium with a time of 3:10.932.

  • Tabitha Byrd