Fedorov of Russia edges Mazdzer of US to win luge World Cup
WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) Russia's Stepan Fedorov edged the United States' Chris Mazdzer to win the last luge World Cup event of the season on Sunday.
Fedorov clocked 53.977 with his first run and 53.233 with his second to pip Mazdzer by 0.035 seconds. The American had the fastest second run of 53.221, but it was not enough to make up for his first of 54.024 in wet and windy conditions.
Italy's Dominik Fischnaller was third, 0.066 behind, ahead of Germany's Ralf Palik and Austria's Wolfgang Kindl.
Overall World Cup winner Felix Loch of Germany was sixth, 0.193 behind Fedorov.
World and European champion Loch, who won his fifth overall title at Altenberg, Germany, last weekend, finished with 940 points, ahead of Kindl on 795 and Mazdzer on 700.
Later Sunday, Canada's Arianne Jones, Mitchel Malyk and doubles lugers Tristan Walker and Justin Snith won the team relay in a combined time of 2:26.595.
The Russian team of Tatiana Ivanova, Fedorov, and Alexandr Denisyev/Vladislav Antonov was second, 0.532 behind, while Austria's Miriam Kastlunger, Kindl, and Thomas Steu/Lorenz Koller were third, 0.642 behind.
Germany, which was fourth, finished top in the overall standings with 491 points, ahead of Russia on 385 and the Unites States on 375.