On the third day of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, an American athlete competed for his country and made history.

According to Yahoo! Sports, an American luge racer has never earned a medal… until today, thanks to 29-year-old three-time Olympian Chris Mazdzer.

In both the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics, Mazdzer placed 13th, quite different from the second place finish he had on Sunday night in South Korea.

Mazdzer told ESPN:

“I knew I was out of control, I was pushing the limits all four runs. That final trip down was a lot of fun actually. It’s weird. This is probably the race that I was least nervous for. I just felt really good about this track, all through training. Going into this last run, even though there’s snow in the track, the ice is really hard, I knew I could do it.”

This has been a long time coming, not only for the United States but for Mazdzer himself— he’s been competing since he was 13 years old.

Following his silver medal finish, during an interview with ESPN, Mazdzer took time to thank the people who helped him get to where he is today:

“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.”

Mazdzer’s journey shows that persistence is key.

He told NPR: “I’ve had a rough last two years, and it just shows: Don’t ever give up. Whenever you lose, keep fighting.”

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