The U.S. men's team had previously captured medals in the luge doubles competition (1998 and 2002).
Mazdzer won silver in the men's singles luge - becoming the first American to medal in the event.
"For the Olympics, you just have to go for it", Mazdzer said Saturday after his first two trial runs.
It's no surprise, Mazdzer's second run was the fastest in that heat demonstrating he was capable of medaling. In both 2010 and 2014, the 29-year-old placed 13th in the singles luge.
Mazdzer slid into gold medal contention on Saturday, giving the underdog United States team a glimpse of hope while competing against beasts in the field, such as Germany and Austria.
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Chris Mazdzer reacts following his track-record run during the luge men's singles at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChnag 2018 on February 11, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Germany's Johannes Ludwig rounded out the podium with a time of 3:10.932.
Loch, who seemed a lock to win his third straight gold medal, hit a wall on his final run and fell to fifth place in the final standings.
And, he made history early Sunday, winning silver in the men's luge.
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. Finland beat one of the Olympic favorites, Canada, at last year's world championships and led 1-0 after the first period but the USA scored twice in the second period and outshot Finland 23-5 en route to the win.
Men's luge finals air Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Network and in primetime on NBC.