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

Tucker West of Ridgefield, who was competing in his second Olympic Games in luge, finished a disappointing 26 in the Winter Games in Pyeongchang Sunday.

It is Team USA's first ever men's singles Olympic luge medal.

Halfway through the four-round event, Mazdzer was in fourth place, with a total time of 1:35.517 - just one one-thousandth of a second behind Roman Repilov, Olympic Athlete from Russian Federation, but it would have been enough to keep him off the medal stand.

With two fast final runs, teammate Chris Mazdzer moved from fourth place (after the opening two runs Saturday) into second place, winning the silver medal.

Mazdzer, the 29-year-old from Pittsfield, Mass., finished behind Austria's David Gleirscher, who won a shocking gold as Germany's Felix Loch faltered in his final run.

Single's luge consists of four timed runs on a sled down a narrow, serpentine track. 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.

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Heading into the fourth and final run, he was in the right state of mind.

Repilov faltered badly on the third run to drop out of medal contention.

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

Noticeably absent from the medal ceremony: Felix Loch, the German powerhouse who won gold at the past two Winter Games. Germany's Johannes Ludwig rounded out the podium with a time of 3:10.932.

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

Loch struggled in the final run and slipped all the way to fifth, ending his bid to become the second slider to win the event three consecutive times. And when it comes to men's singles luge, Mazdzer will always be the first.

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