German teams win World Cup doubles luge gold, silver; team relay gold

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Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken edged fellow Germans Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt on Sunday to win a World Cup luge doubles race.

Eggert and Benecken finished two runs in 1 minute, 21.016 seconds. Wendl and Arlt finished in 1:21.099. Peter Penz and Georg Fischler of Austria were third in 1:21.299.

Christian Niccum and Jayson Terdiman were the top U.S. sled, finishing 14th. Matthew Mortensen and Preston Griffall were 15th, while Jake Hyrns and Andrew Sherk placed 18th.

In the team relay, Germany made it a perfect 4-for-4 in gold medals this weekend, with the team of Natalie Geisenberger, Felix Loch and Eggert-Benecken finishing in 2:11.798. Canada was second, Italy third, and the U.S. team of Erin Hamlin, Chris Mazdzer and Niccum-Terdiman just missed a medal, placing fourth.

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