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Feb 12, 2014

Wendl and Arlt extend German gold rush

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Germany’s “Bayern Express” – Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt – lived up to their nickname by powering to a first Olympic doubles gold on Wednesday, denying Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger a hat-trick of titles.

The duo continued Germany’s gold rush in luge, following up Felix Loch and Natalie Geisenberger’s victories in the men’s and women’s singles.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Luge-Wendl and Arlt extend German gold rush

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Germany’s “Bayern Express” – Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt – lived up to their nickname by powering to a first Olympic doubles gold on Wednesday, denying Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger a hat-trick of titles.

The duo continued Germany’s gold rush in luge, following up Felix Loch and Natalie Geisenberger’s victories in the men’s and women’s singles.

Feb 12, 2014

Dukurs brothers aim high for Latvia

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – If Martins Dukurs can replicate the form that earned him five straight overall World Cup men’s skeleton titles then a first Winter Olympic gold for Latvia surely awaits.

Dukurs won a silver medal in Vancouver, while his older brother Tomass finished fourth, and the Dukurs siblings could be standing side by side on the podium come Saturday.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Skeleton-Dukurs brothers aim high for Latvia

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – If Martins Dukurs can replicate the form that earned him five straight overall World Cup men’s skeleton titles then a first Winter Olympic gold for Latvia surely awaits.

Dukurs won a silver medal in Vancouver, while his older brother Tomass finished fourth, and the Dukurs siblings could be standing side by side on the podium come Saturday.

Feb 12, 2014

Yarnold can emulate my gold, says Williams

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Amy Williams, the skeleton champion from the last Olympics in Vancouver, has given her fellow Briton Lizzy Yarnold an extra incentive to win the gold medal in Sochi.

Not only is the now retired Williams a friend and mentor to Yarnold, she’s also her landlady, and has jokingly threatened to kick her out if she doesn’t come up with the goods.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Skeleton-Yarnold can emulate my gold, says Williams

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Amy Williams, the skeleton champion from the last Olympics in Vancouver, has given her fellow Briton Lizzy Yarnold an extra incentive to win the gold medal in Sochi.

Not only is the now retired Williams a friend and mentor to Yarnold, she’s also her landlady, and has jokingly threatened to kick her out if she doesn’t come up with the goods.

Feb 12, 2014

German luge machine at full throttle in Sochi

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – German luge great Georg Hackl believes his country’s dominance in the sport comes from a scientific approach to athlete recruitment and sled design.

For their rivals, however, the reason is clear — the Germans were born to slide.

Feb 12, 2014

Olympics-Luge-German luge machine at full throttle in Sochi

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 12 (Reuters) – German luge great Georg Hackl believes his country’s dominance in the sport comes from a scientific approach to athlete recruitment and sled design.

For their rivals, however, the reason is clear — the Germans were born to slide.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Luge-Vintage Geisenberger eases to first gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger was in a class of her own, smashing the track record for the second time at the Sochi Games to secure a commanding victory in the women’s luge and her first Olympic title on Tuesday.

Geisenberger’s superiority was such that she was the only slider to clock under 50 seconds – a feat she managed on three of her four runs.

Feb 11, 2014

Vintage Geisenberger eases to first gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger was in a class of her own, smashing the track record for the second time at the Sochi Games to secure a commanding victory in the women’s luge and her first Olympic title on Tuesday.

Geisenberger’s superiority was such that she was the only slider to clock under 50 seconds – a feat she managed on three of her four runs.