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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.

Feb 7, 2014

Olympics-No pressure on me, says luge gold medal favourite Loch

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Felix Loch does not suffer from nerves or feel any pressure. Becoming the youngest Olympic luge gold medallist 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.

Feb 7, 2014

German lugers set for medal bonanza

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Long established as the dominant luge nation, Germany start favorites 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 favor,” said Hackl, who won three Olympic golds and two silvers before moving into a coaching role.

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.