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

Nikita Kopyrenko of Kazakhstan carries his sled away from the finish area after the first round of the men's luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea Saturday Feb. 10 2018

Gleirscher, 23, started Day 2 of competition in second place following the first two runs on Saturday. Erin Hamlin became the first American to win a singles medal in the women's event in 2014; the USA has four medals in doubles. He ended a 54-year drought for Team USA.

(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.

Chris Mazdzer made history for the United States in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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

"It's 16 years in the making", Mazdzer told NBC's Lewis Johnson after winning silver.

Mazdzer set a course record in the third run with a time of 47.534 seconds, putting him into second place behind Germany's Felix Loch going into the 4th and final run.

Chris Mazdzer celebrates winning the silver medal in the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChnang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The three-time Olympian, 29, trains in Lake Placid.

In his third Winter Games, he finished 13th in 2010 and 2014, Mazdzer broke through with the performance he had been searching for on the world's biggest stage.

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.

Chris Mazdzer slides in a training session for the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 8, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. His solid final run then shored up his claim on silver.

Far more heartbreaking was Loch; he hopped just the tiniest bit on his final run, enough to drop him into fifth.

He finished in fourth place after two runs, finishing one one-thousandth outside of the top contenders.

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