Although Ridgefield native Tucker West saw his struggles continue on the second day of the luge men's singles competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, he and the rest of the USA Luge program did have cause to celebrate.
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.
There aren't many Olympic events that the United States hasn't medaled in.
Erin Hamlin is the only US luge athlete of any gender to medal in singles competition at the Olympics, having won bronze in 2014. 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.
Chris Mazdzer has used his runners to etch himself a place in history. In both 2010 and 2014, he finished 13th.
Single's luge consists of four timed runs on a sled down a narrow, serpentine track.
Repilov faltered badly on the third run to drop out of medal contention. But everything fell apart in the final run as Loch looked a shell of his self, unable to control his line down the hill.
Competing in his third Olympics, Mazdzer, 29, followed up two impressive runs on Saturday with an even better performance on Sunday. Loch had appeared well on his way to earning his third Olympic gold medal in a row - but a disastrous final run unraveled his bid for a three-peat, knocking him not only out of the top spot but also off the podium entirely. Germany's Johannes Ludwig took bronze, finishing 0.204 behind the American silver medalist.
Born in Pittsfield, Mass., Mazdzer grew up in Saranac Lake, N.Y., a 15-minute drive from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid.
Before Sunday, the highest an American had finished in the singles luge was fourth place.