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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.

Jan 31, 2014

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 favourite to go one better in Russia having pretty much dominated men’s skeleton since then.

Jan 31, 2014

Holcomb out to thwart Germans again

By Justin Palmer

(Reuters) – Steve Holcomb broke Germany’s stranglehold on men’s bobsleigh when he piloted the American four-man team to Olympic gold four years ago, the first for the U.S. since 1948, but faces a tough battle to defend his title.

Holcomb won the first three four-man races in the U.S. but has been unable to maintain the flying start since the circuit switched to Europe, and has been surpassed in the overall standings by German Maximilian Arndt, the world champion, and Russian Alexander Zubkov.

Jan 31, 2014

Olympics-Luge-Germany primed for more luge dominance

Jan 31 (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

Olympics-Skeleton-Brothers should end Latvia wait for gold

Jan 31 (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 favourite to go one better in Russia having pretty much dominated men’s skeleton since then.

Jan 31, 2014

Olympics-Bobsleigh-Holcomb out to thwart Germans again

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Steve Holcomb broke Germany’s stranglehold on men’s bobsleigh when he piloted the American four-man team to Olympic gold four years ago, the first for the U.S. since 1948, but faces a tough battle to defend his title.

Holcomb won the first three four-man races in the U.S. but has been unable to maintain the flying start since the circuit switched to Europe, and has been surpassed in the overall standings by German Maximilian Arndt, the world champion, and Russian Alexander Zubkov.

Jan 15, 2014

Profile – ‘Fastest mom’ ready to fly in Sochi

LONDON (Reuters) – Noelle Pikus-Pace is on a mission to win Olympic gold – and the American skeleton racer – dubbed the ‘fastest mom on ice’ – will not let anything distract her from making it third time lucky.

The 30-year-old had her 2006 Olympic hopes dashed by a pre-Games freak accident in which she suffered a broken leg when a bobsleigh crashed into her after failing to brake at the finish line.