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Germany's Loch wins 2nd gold in Olympic luge



KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) -- Felix Loch won his second straight Olympic gold medal in men's luge on Sunday, easily defeating the world's top sliders.

The 24-year-old German finished four runs down the Sanki Sliding Center track in 3 minutes, 27.526 seconds. Russia's Albert Demchenko won the silver and Italy's Armin Zoeggeler took bronze, his record sixth Olympic luge medal.

Loch joined German teammate Georg Hackl, his coach, and Zoeggeler as the only athletes to repeat as Olympic titlists. Loch is just getting started, and could one day stand alone as the best his sport has ever seen.

On a course designed with three uphill sections to keep sliders safer and prevent a tragedy like the one at the Vancouver Games four years ago, Loch was the fastest - by far. He defeated Demchenko by 0.476 seconds.

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robert.hall49 February 09 2014 at 3:50 PM

Wow Melanie..... why not ask how baseball is a sport its just throwing a ball, hitting a ball and catching a ball. I think the kids in your neighborhood might qualify for that too.

Go in your back yard and lay your lawn chair flat then lay down on top of it. Now imagine what it would be like going 90mph on ice down a mountain on that thing. Just to not get killed will take skill and strength.
Ok lesson is over, back to your soaps.

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gina24lt robert.hall49 February 10 2014 at 3:15 AM

Lol, Robert. :-)

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Hollywood February 09 2014 at 8:03 PM

Why the negative comments? Granted there are millions of people that are ignorant and do not understand what drives people to love a sport and compete in it. For those of you, they make shows like "The Bachelor".
But I bet if you could count the number of Olympians, of Champions in ANY sport who have passed away, I would bet almost all at least asked to be burried with their medals or rings that they earned.
However, I don'y thing any would have requested to be put to rest wit htheir checkbook or debit card. If that has to be explained to you, maybe you whoudl just watch Nockleodeon and be done with it.

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David February 09 2014 at 6:00 PM

What a bunch of Lugers!

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casey David February 09 2014 at 6:13 PM

they are called sliders.

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wlh1923 February 09 2014 at 10:41 PM

"...glided to the gold..." ? How about "glid".? Or perhaps "glode"?

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ordobtrebla February 09 2014 at 11:59 PM

I once gave my friend a LUGE

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Melanie February 09 2014 at 2:12 PM

how is this a sport? sledding down a hill? i think the kids in my neighborhood may qualify for the olympics.

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bob February 09 2014 at 4:48 PM

I think the luge and tobogons draw crowds for the same reason NAASCAR has so many fans ... the allure of watching high speed accidents. You can tell by the spelling that I'm a fan of neither.

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Lenny bob February 09 2014 at 4:50 PM

Good for you bob, keep watching barbie and disney.

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English Lenny February 09 2014 at 9:27 PM

Real race fans, NASCAR included, watch for a competitive race. Crash nuts ain't race fans.

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bcrnbs2 February 09 2014 at 6:21 PM

what a farac

the olympic gold medal is made of 92 percent slilver, 6 percent gold and the rest is impuriteis medals.. they are worth at today priced 550 dollars.. hardley worth the effort consitering the amount of work and danger involved . all thats left is the gglory and name in some ledger or wiki peida and in most case no body will ever look it up except to settle a bet...

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DANTHALER February 10 2014 at 12:16 AM

So when he won did all his German countrymen cheer for him and wave their flag. Arrogant bast---s

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a502cc DANTHALER February 10 2014 at 7:04 AM

If you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything

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