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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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