West finishes 26th in Olympic luge; teammate wins silver

West finishes 26th in Olympic luge; teammate wins silver

West finishes 26th in Olympic luge; teammate wins silver

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.

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

Mazdzer performed his best on the world's biggest stage to bring home his first Olympic medal. He won a singles medal in luge, taking the silver.

Chris Mazdzer is the first American male to win a medal in the singles luge event since 1964, when the sport debuted at the Olympics.

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

Mazdzer competed in the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2010 Vancouver Games but did not win a medal. Today in PyeongChang, he was going for a third straight gold medal, and would become only the second man in history to do so.

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He was in fifth place after Run 1 and then moved up a spot to fourth place in Run 2, but it was his performances in Runs 3 and 4 that sealed the deal.

West, who was 18th overall following the first two runs, had hoped to move up in the final standings on Sunday. Finland beat one of the Olympic favorites, Canada, at last year's world championships and led 1-0 after the first period but the US scored twice in the second period and outshot Finland 23-5 en route to the win.

Loch, who also won gold with the German relay team in Sochi, still stands a chance of becoming the first luger to win four Olympic gold medals as a member of the relay team in Pyeongchang.

Chris Mazdzer slides during the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The highest the USA men had ever placed in the Olympics was fourth in 2002 (Adam Heidt) and 2006 (Tony Benshoof).

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