Loch repeats as Olympic luge champion

The Sports NetworkFebruary 9, 2014 

Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - Felix Loch crossed the finish line and pumped his fists. He screamed. He held the German flag over his head.

Four years ago, at the age of 20, Loch became the youngest Olympic men's luge champion ever. Having that in his pocket didn't dull his latest celebration.

Loch repeated as Olympic champion in the men's singles event, keeping his lead over Russia's Albert Demtschenko after two more runs on Sunday at the Sanki Sliding Center.

Fireworks went off after Demtschenko's last run, which guaranteed him at least a silver in his record seventh Winter Olympics.

But Loch was still to come, and his last run of 51.764 kept him ahead of the Russian, where he'd been since taking the lead from Demtschenko after the second run Saturday.

Italy's Armin Zoeggeler, a two-time Olympic champion, finished third to medal in his sixth straight Winter Games.

Loch's overall time after four runs was 3 minutes, 27.526 seconds -- .476 seconds faster than the 42-year-old Demtschenko. It was Germany's first medal of the Sochi Games.

Zoeggeler, 40, was .795 seconds slower. It was his third Olympic bronze to go with one silver and two golds. He won gold the 2002 and 2006 events.

Demtschenko, who has competed in every Winter Olympics since Albertville in 1992, won just his second medal. His other was also a silver in 2006. Japanese ski jumper Noriaki Kasai, 41, is also competing in his seventh Winter Games.

Samuel Edney was 11th for Canada's best finish. Teammates Mitchel Malyk and John Fennell finished 26th and 27th.

Christopher Mazdzer ended 13th for the top U.S. finish. Tucker West was 22nd and Aidan Kelly 24th for the American team.

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