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Gleirscher's cumulative time over four runs (Runs 1 and 2 took place on Saturday, with Runs 3 and 4 on Sunday) was 3:10.702, as he won by 0.026 over Mazdzer.
American luger Chris Mazdzer was on a mission to end a 54-year-old drought.
Luge - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Singles Competition - Olympic Sliding Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 11, 2018 - Chris Mazdzer of the U.S celebrates second place with victor David Gleirscher of Austria.
Germany's Felix Loch made a critical error late in his final run to surrender his Olympic luge title and hand gold to Austrian rival David Gleirscher.
"Hi everyone this is USA luge racer Chris Mazdzer ok bye", Buzzfeed reporter David Muck brought Mazbdzer's good looks to the internet's attention on Saturday.
"It's 16 years in the making", Mazdzer, a three-time Olympian, told NBC afterward.
Indeed, his previous Olympic showings didn't exactly augur this historic feat.
Wearing a No. 13 bib this time around, Mazdzer set himself up in better position in Pyeongchang with a fifth-place standing after the opening run. His solid final run then shored up his claim on silver.
Mazdzer, a 29-year-old native of Lake Placid, N.Y., was a surprise contender after the first two runs of competition, held here Saturday, entering the final rounds in fourth, one-tenth of a second out of third.
The U.S. had already medaled in women's singles luge - Erin Hamlin was the first to do so, winning bronze in 2014 - as well as doubles luge.
Erin Hamlin is the only US luge athlete of any gender to medal in singles competition at the Olympics, having won bronze in 2014.