Luge star Felix Loch consoled by father after missing out on medal
German luge star Felix Loch was consoled by his father immediately after his ill-fated run in the men’s singles luge at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang that left him without a medal.
Loch had won gold in the last two Olympics in men’s singles. 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. But on his final run, Loch made a big mistake and finished with a time of 48.109, which placed him 18th for the run. He ended up fifth in total time and missed out on the medal podium.
After his poor run, he was immediately consoled by his father:
Defending men's luge champion Felix Loch missed out on gold after an error.
He was so inconsolable, his dad had to come and give him a hug.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 11, 2018
Compare that to four years ago in Sochi when the two were celebrating:
— R.J. Rico (@RJRico62) February 9, 2014
It was a tough break for Loch in PyeongChang, but that left open the opportunity for David Gleirscher to capture gold, and American Chris Mazdzer to win silver, marking the U.S.’ first men’s singles medal in the luge.