His wobbly final round opened the door for Austrian David Gleirscher, 23, to grab the gold in his Olympic debut.
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It's Mazdzer's third Olympics, but he didn't come close to medaling before.
The second place finish by Mazdzer made history for USA lugers becoming the first American to capture a medal in Olympic history.
It's no surprise, Mazdzer's second run was the fastest in that heat demonstrating he was capable of medaling.
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Germany did at least have a representative on the podium thanks to Ludwig, who saved his best for last with a fourth run of 47.603 seconds, while his compatriot had to settle for fifth overall.
Mazdzer, who had finished 13th in both the Sochi and Vancouver Games, gave the US their second medal of the day after Red Gerard won gold in men's slopestyle early Sunday.
Fellow American Taylor Morris finished in 18th place and Tucker West did not make it to the final run.
The surprise stemmed from a subpar performance this past World Cup season, which saw a top finish of sixth place.
The best the USA had ever done in the Olympic event was fourth-place finishes by Tony Benshoof in 2006 and Adam Heidt in 2002.
Chris Mazdzer celebrates winning the silver medal in men's singles luge Sunday. The other medals were two silvers and two bronzes in men's doubles, won in Nagano in 1998 and Salt Lake City in 2002.