Today, it was Chris Mazdzer's turn.
The 28-year-old Loch was on the verge of history in Pyeongchang, where he was just seconds away from becoming the sport's first four-time gold medallist.
"And I didn't know what to attribute that to". "Going into this last run, even though there's snow in the track, the ice is really hard, I knew I could do it".
Austria's David Gleirscher pulled off a surprise victory in the men's singles luge Sunday at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after hot favorite Felix Loch of Germany sensationally bombed out on the final run. "I can't say thank you enough to all these people that let me lay in their sleds, that let me try to do different things that brought me to this point". It didn't feel as insane as it probably looked. "My family, friends are here, and it feels like I'm at home right now". He ended up fifth in total time and missed out on the medal podium.
This was the equivalent of watching Usain Bolt, in his prime, trip over his own feet in a 100-meter final, or Lionel Messi scoring an own-goal in a World Cup match. None. Never finished better than fourth.
All three had the race of their lives. He was headed for a third straight gold medal entering his fourth and final run in the men's singles luge after scores that ranked him second, first, and second (respectively) on his first three runs. Mazdzer, meanwhile, broke the course record set by Loch moments earlier to move into second. In the end, it left Gleirscher and Mazdzer shocked, but thrilled.More news: Lindsey Vonn confirms Pyeongchang will be final Olympics, will enter three races
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He wasn't alone in that thought. But Felix is also human.
Long itself an underdog - if not an outright underachiever - USA Luge now has its first medal on the men's side, joining five previous medals won either in doubles competition or in women's singles.
Time-wise, yes, that's close.
Mazdzer's US teammates didn't fare quite as well. "Anything can happen at an Olympics, for sure".
Chris Mazdzer in action during the men's singles luge at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 10, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Did he ever, and in a hurry. Mazdzer could very well contend for a medal on Sunday.