Monday, February 15, 2010

PostHeaderIcon German Loch wins Olympic luge gold

The German Luger Felix Loch brought good news to the world of luge. After a week of tragedy there was a round of celebration as the first medal was handed out. Fellow German teammate David Moeller grabbed the Silver Medal and third place went to Armin Zoeggeler of Italy.

Loch, gliding safely through the final curve where a fellow Olympian tragically died just two days earlier, easily won his first gold medal on Sunday and brought brief but needed comfort to a sport rocked by criticism that it put performance above protection of its athletes.

Officials, under pressure after 21-year-old Georgian slider Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed in a practice crash Friday, shortened the track by moving the starts down the mountain. The alteration worked to slow the sleds, but the changes may have tilted the balance of competition.

American Tony Benshoof, who finished eighth, understood the reasoning behind moving the start and respected the decision, but that didn't mean he liked it.

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