Olympic champ Felix Loch races to 3rd luge World Cup win of season

From left, Germany's Andi Langhan, Germany's Felix Loch and American Chris Mazdzer take the podium.

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Olympic champion Felix Loch of Germany won his third luge World Cup of the season to maintain the host nation’s winning start to the year 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.

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.

Natalie Geisenberger won the women’s competition on Saturday, when Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt also claimed the doubles win for Germany.

A team relay was scheduled for later Sunday.