January 04, 2015

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (AP) Olympic champion Felix Loch won his third luge World Cup of the season and Germany made it a weekend's clean sweep by also winning the team relay on Sunday.

Loch, a four-time world champion, was fastest in both runs for a combined time of 1 minute, 39.716 seconds, beating compatriot Andi Langenhan by 0.755 seconds and American Chris Mazdzer by 0.809.

''Everything worked out. The first run couldn't have been better. I haven't managed that here in a while. To win like this in front of all the fans is simply awesome,'' Loch said.

After a winless December, Loch's 21st World Cup win extends his lead in the overall standings to 463 points at the halfway stage. Italy's Dominik Fischnaller is second on 366, followed by Langenhan on 323.

Later Sunday, Natalie Geisenberger, Loch, and then doubles team Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt were all fastest in their individual runs as Germany claimed the team relay in 2 minutes, 44.493 seconds.

The United States team of Emily Sweeney, Mazdzer and Matthew Mortensen/Jayson Terdiman was second, 1.402 seconds back, while Canada's Alex Gough, Samuel Edney and Tristan Walker/Justin Snith finished 1.901 behind in third.

Geisenberger won the women's competition on Saturday, when Wendl and Arlt claimed the doubles win for Germany.

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