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Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-German lugers set for medal bonanza

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Long established as the dominant luge nation, Germany start favourites to take a clean sweep of Olympic gold in singles, doubles and team relay with former great Georg Hackl confident of another medal bonanza.

“The start is not extremely steep and not optimum flat, which would be in our favour,” said Hackl, who won three Olympic golds and two silvers before moving into a coaching role.

Feb 7, 2014

Stayaway Brits leave rivals guessing

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Britain’s four-man bobsleigh team hope to keep their rivals guessing and increase their chances of an Olympic medal by staying away from Sochi until just days before the competition.

British Bobsleigh performance director Gary Anderson has hatched a plan that will see John Jackson and his crew remain at a training camp in Germany and arrive at the Games a few days before official training begins.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Stayaway Brits leave rivals guessing

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Britain’s four-man bobsleigh team hope to keep their rivals guessing and increase their chances of an Olympic medal by staying away from Sochi until just days before the competition.

British Bobsleigh performance director Gary Anderson has hatched a plan that will see John Jackson and his crew remain at a training camp in Germany and arrive at the Games a few days before official training begins.

Feb 6, 2014

Bolt in a bobsleigh? Call me, says Jamaican Watts

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Winston Watts is soaking up every moment of his latest Olympic experience with the world fascinated by the resurrection of Jamaican bobsleigh, but a phone call from Usain Bolt would be the icing on the cake.

“Usain is a busy guy – he doesn’t have my number. If a text comes in it will be a surprise. I’d love to know that he is behind us,” two-man pilot Watts told reporters after their first unofficial practice at the Sanki Sliding Centre on Thursday.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-Bolt in a bobsleigh? Call me, says Jamaican Watts

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Winston Watts is soaking up every moment of his latest Olympic experience with the world fascinated by the resurrection of Jamaican bobsleigh, but a phone call from Usain Bolt would be the icing on the cake.

“Usain is a busy guy – he doesn’t have my number. If a text comes in it will be a surprise. I’d love to know that he is behind us,” two-man pilot Watts told reporters after their first unofficial practice at the Sanki Sliding Centre on Thursday.

Feb 6, 2014

Luge great Zoeggeler eyes one more golden moment

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Italian luge great Armin Zoeggeler will feel more than a sense of pride before his opening slide in his sixth winter Olympics – at 40 years old he still means business.

Dubbed “The Cannibal” for devouring the opposition in a career that has brought two Olympic titles, a silver medal and two bronzes, six world titles and 57 individual victories, Zoeggeler is hungry for one final hurrah.

Feb 6, 2014

Olympics-Luge great Zoeggeler eyes one more golden moment

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Italian luge great Armin Zoeggeler will feel more than a sense of pride before his opening slide in his sixth winter Olympics – at 40 years old he still means business.

Dubbed “The Cannibal” for devouring the opposition in a career that has brought two Olympic titles, a silver medal and two bronzes, six world titles and 57 individual victories, Zoeggeler is hungry for one final hurrah.

Jan 31, 2014

Germany primed for more luge dominance

By Justin Palmer

(Reuters) – Having dominated the sport for decades it would be a major surprise if luge powerhouse Germany failed to take at least two of the four golds on offer in Sochi.

Twenty-seven of the 40 Olympic gold medals won since luge’s introduction to the Games in 1964 have gone to Germany and Felix Loch and Natalie Geisenberger are hot favourites to land men’s and women’s individual titles.

Jan 31, 2014

Luge: Germany primed for more luge dominance

By Justin Palmer

(Reuters) – Having dominated the sport for decades it would be a major surprise if luge powerhouse Germany failed to take at least two of the four golds on offer in Sochi.

Twenty-seven of the 40 Olympic gold medals won since luge’s introduction to the Games in 1964 have gone to Germany and Felix Loch and Natalie Geisenberger are hot favorites to land men’s and women’s individual titles.

Jan 31, 2014

Skeleton: Brothers should end Latvia wait for gold

By Justin Palmer

(Reuters) – Latvia has not won a gold medal at a Winter Olympic Games but Martins Dukurs and his older brother Tomass could end the Baltic nation’s wait and stand side-by-side on the podium in Sochi.

After narrowly missing out on gold in Whistler four years ago, Martins, 29, starts as overwhelming favorite to go one better in Russia having pretty much dominated men’s skeleton since then.