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Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Luge-Unstoppable Germany complete gold medal sweep

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Germany again left the rest of the world pondering how to break their stranglehold on Olympic luge gold when they completed a clean sweep at the Sochi Games after winning the inaugural team relay on Thursday.

In a fast and frenetic event debut, women’s winner Natalie Geisenberger, men’s champion Felix Loch and doubles gold medallists Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt combined with three strong runs to end host nation Russia’s hopes of topping the podium.

Feb 13, 2014

Yarnold builds healthy lead after first two runs

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold made a perfect start to her bid to emulate compatriot Amy Williams and win women’s skeleton gold by building a healthy lead after the first two Olympic runs on Thursday.

Yarnold will take an advantage of 0.44 seconds over American Noelle Pikus-Pace into Friday’s deciding two runs after being quickest on both slides, clocking 58.43 and 58.46. Russian Elena Nikitina is in third.

Feb 13, 2014

Briton Yarnold builds healthy lead after first two runs

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold made a perfect start to her bid to emulate compatriot Amy Williams and win women’s skeleton gold by building a healthy lead after the first two Olympic runs on Thursday.

Yarnold will take an advantage of 0.44 seconds over American Noelle Pikus-Pace into Friday’s deciding two runs after being quickest on both slides, clocking 58.43 and 58.46. Russian Elena Nikitina is in third.

Feb 13, 2014

Olympics-Skeleton-Briton Yarnold builds healthy lead after first two runs

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold made a perfect start to her bid to emulate compatriot Amy Williams and win women’s skeleton gold by building a healthy lead after the first two Olympic runs on Thursday.

Yarnold will take an advantage of 0.44 seconds over American Noelle Pikus-Pace into Friday’s deciding two runs after being quickest on both slides, clocking 58.43 and 58.46. Russian Elena Nikitina is in third.

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.