The 29-year-old athlete won the silver medal for his excellent placement in the event earlier in the day on Sunday (February 11) in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Mazdzer finished second and Germany's Johannes Ludwig took third.
Loch's loss translated into big gains for Mazdzer and Gleirscher, who beat out the American by just over two hundredths of a second to become the first Austrian to win the event in five decades.
Mazdzer, a 29-year-old from MA in his third Olympic games, essentially clinched the medal stand yesterday with a terrific third run.
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American Chris Mazdzer earned a silver medal in men's singles luge today (Feb. 11) at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, finishing just.026 seconds behind the victor, David Gleirscher of Austria. In both 2010 and 2014, he finished 13th. But everything fell apart in the final run as Loch looked a shell of his self, unable to control his line down the hill. Gleirscher was faster, but Mazdzer finished in that coveted medal position. Mazdzer's medal was the Team USA's sixth all time in the luge, which was introduced to the Winter Games in 1964.
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.
The highest the US men had ever placed in the Olympics was fourth in 2002 (Adam Heidt) and 2006 (Tony Benshoof). In the final run his time of 47.677, his second-best of the competition, was enough to land the silver.
Men's luge finals air Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and in primetime on NBC.