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Olympics: Germans sweep to perfect fourth luge gold

Germany completed a clean sweep of luge gold medals at the Winter Olympics on Thursday when they captured the team relay title. Natalie Geisenberger, Felix Loch and the pairing of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt had already won gold in men's, women's singles and doubles respectively before making it four out of four in the new relay discipline which included one man, one woman and one doubles team.

U.S. luger Niccum slides off to do his homework

By Martyn Herman ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - American luger Christian Niccum could not even head off for a consolation beer after missing his last chance at an Olympic medal in the team relay on Thursday - he had homework to do. The 36-year-old three-times Olympian was sliding the doubles leg with partner Jayson Terdiman as part of the U.S. team which finished sixth behind Germany, who claimed gold ahead of Russia and Latvia, in the newly introduced event.

Olympics: Sochi Winter Olympics podiums - collated

Sochi Winter Olympics podiums on Wednesday (after six of six medal events): PAIRS FIGURE SKATING Pairs Gold: Russia (Tatiana Volosozhar, Maxim Trankov) Silver: Russia (Ksenia Stolbova, Fedor Klimov) Bronze: Germany (Aliona Savchenko, Robin Szolkowy) MEN NORDIC COMBINED Normal hill/10km cross-country Gold: Eric Frenzel (GER) Silver: Akito Watabe (JPN) Bronze: Magnus Krog (NOR) SPEED SKATING 1000m Gold: Stefan Groothuis (NED)

Olympics: Sochi Winter Olympics podiums - 4th update

Sochi Winter Olympics podiums on Wednesday (after five of six medal events): MEN NORDIC COMBINED Normal hill/10km cross-country Gold: Eric Frenzel (GER) Silver: Akito Watabe (JPN) Bronze: Magnus Krog (NOR) SPEED SKATING 1000m Gold: Stefan Groothuis (NED) Silver: Denny Morrison (CAN) Bronze: Michel Mulder (NED) LUGE Doubles Gold: Germany (Tobias Wendl, Tobias Arlt) Silver: Austria (Andreas Linger, Wolfgang Linger)

Olympics: Dominant Germany win third luge gold

Germany captured their third gold in three luge events at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday when world champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the men's pairs. World Cup winners Wendl and Arlt clocked a combined time of one min 38.933 sec after two runs to finish 0.522sec ahead of Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger, who came to Sochi as reigning two-time Olympic champions. "There are no any special secrets of our success, just two good runs," Arlt said.

Olympics: Dominant Germany win third luge gold

Germany captured their third gold in three luge events at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday when world champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the men's doubles. World Cup winners Wendl and Arlt clocked a combined time of one min 38.933 sec after two runs to finish 0.522sec ahead of Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger, who came to Sochi as reigning two-time Olympic champions. "There are no any special secrets of our success, just two good runs," Arlt said.

Olympics: Geisenberger wins Germany's second luge gold

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won her first Olympic gold medal in women's luge singles on Tuesday and the second for her country in three days. "I still need time to realise completely what I've done," said Geisenberger, who threw herself into the arms of compatriot Felix Loch, who won the men's event on Sunday. "In the fourth run when I was in the lower part of the course I understood that I had won the Olympic title and almost started to shout in joy before crossing the finishing line."

Olympics: Geisenberger wins Germany's second luge gold

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won her first Olympic gold medal in women's luge singles on Tuesday and the second for her country in three days. Another German, Tatjana Huefner, who came to Sochi as reigning champion, was second, 1.139sec behind the winner, while Erin Hamlin finished in third place winning the US team's first singles medal after 50 years of trying. The 26-year-old three-time world champion Geisenberger, who had a commanding 0.766sec lead after the first two races on Monday, finished with a combined time of three min 19.768sec after the four runs.

Olympics: Geisenberger wins Germany's second luge gold

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won her first Olympic gold medal in women's luge singles on Tuesday and the second for her country in three days. Another German, Tatjana Huefner, who came to Sochi as reigning champion, was second, 1.139sec behind the winner, while Erin Hamlin finished in third place winning the US team's first singles medal after 50 years of trying. The 26-year-old three-time world champion Geisenberger, who had a commanding 0.766sec lead after the first two races on Monday, finished with a combined time of three min 19.768sec after the four runs.

Olympics: Geisenberger leads luge, US eye ending 50-year wait

Three-time world champion Natalie Geisenberger led after the first two races of the women's Olympic luge Monday as Erin Hamlin put the United States on course for a first ever medal after 50 years of trying. German 26-year-old Geisenberger clocked 1min 39.814sec for two runs for a commanding 0.766sec lead over compatriot and reigning Olympic champion Tatjana Huefner. "I had two excellent runs tonight especially the first one, which was almost perfect," said Geisenberger, the bronze medallist in Vancouver in 2010, who also set a new track record.
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