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Feb 9, 2014

Flawless Loch on course to emulate Hackl

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Described by German great Georg Hackl as the “perfect luger,” protégé Felix Loch duly secured a second successive Olympic gold on Sunday in a style that suggested he will have no trouble emulating his mentor’s three Games titles.

Loch, who has dominated luge since becoming the youngest gold medalist in the sport in Vancouver aged 20, led the competition after the second slide on Saturday and won at a canter.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Luge-Flawless Loch on course to emulate Hackl

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Described by German great Georg Hackl as the “perfect luger,” protege Felix Loch duly secured a second successive Olympic gold on Sunday in a style that suggested he will have no trouble emulating his mentor’s three Games titles.

Loch, who has dominated luge since becoming the youngest gold medallist in the sport in Vancouver aged 20, led the competition after the second slide on Saturday and won at a canter.

Feb 9, 2014

Tobi or not Tobi, synchronicity the key in doubles

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – When thousands of a second matter as you hurtle down an icy chute at high speed, it pays to be in harmony with the person you share a sled with in luge doubles.

The exhilarating rush of a slide lasting under a minute is one thing. The forces of gravity are another. Both bodies must be stiff – and relaxed enough – to handle the curves and contours of the unfolding labyrinth.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Luge-Tobi or not Tobi, synchronicity the key in doubles

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – When thousands of a second matter as you hurtle down an icy chute at high speed, it pays to be in harmony with the person you share a sled with in luge doubles.

The exhilarating rush of a slide lasting under a minute is one thing. The forces of gravity are another. Both bodies must be stiff – and relaxed enough – to handle the curves and contours of the unfolding labyrinth.

Feb 9, 2014

California dreamin’ on Sochi winter’s day

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – For Californian surfing fanatic Kate Hansen, competing in luge is almost as good as riding the perfect wave. Almost – she is still a beach girl at heart.

The 21-year-old from Los Angeles will make her Olympic debut when the women’s singles starts on Monday.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Luge-California dreamin’ on Sochi winter’s day

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – For Californian surfing fanatic Kate Hansen, competing in luge is almost as good as riding the perfect wave. Almost – she is still a beach girl at heart.

The 21-year-old from Los Angeles will make her Olympic debut when the women’s singles starts on Monday.

Feb 8, 2014

Germany’s Loch in pole position to win second gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – A flying second slide by German Felix Loch on Saturday put the defending Olympic luge champion ahead at the halfway stage of the men’s singles and a second successive gold firmly within reach.

Loch, who four years ago at the age of 20 became the youngest ever luge gold medalist and has dominated the sport ever since, set a track record of 51.964 seconds and has a combined time of 1.44.149.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Luge-Germany’s Loch in pole position to win second gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – A flying second slide by German Felix Loch on Saturday put the defending Olympic luge champion ahead at the halfway stage of the men’s singles and a second successive gold firmly within reach.

Loch, who four years ago at the age of 20 became the youngest ever luge gold medallist and has dominated the sport ever since, set a track record of 51.964 seconds and has a combined time of 1.44.149.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Skeleton-Yarnold soaking up first Olympic experience

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Women’s skeleton favourite Lizzy Yarnold is determined to have fun at her first Olympics, although her focus on delivering another gold for Britain will not waver.

After taking up the sport little over four years ago, the 25-year-old has made steady progress and goes into these Games as the slider to beat having secured a first World Cup title last month.

Feb 7, 2014

No pressure on me, says luge gold medal favourite Loch

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Felix Loch does not suffer from nerves or feel any pressure. Becoming the youngest Olympic luge gold medalist at the age of 20 has seen to that.

With the first two runs (out of four) of the men’s competition taking place on Saturday, the German policeman said he would sleep easily and let others worry about how to beat him.