Germans win World Cup doubles, US ends medal drought

December 2, 2016

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken of Germany won a World Cup luge doubles race at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Friday, and Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman finished second to give USA Luge its first doubles medal on the circuit in six years.

Eggert and Benecken finished their two runs in 1 minute, 28.382 seconds. Mortensen and Terdiman took the silver in 1:28.545, and Germany's Robin Johannes Geueke and David Gamm were third in 1:28.726.

Eggert and Benecken are now 3-for-3 this season, having swept the doubles season openers at Winterberg last weekend.

The last U.S. World Cup doubles medal was a bronze for Terdiman and Christian Niccum on Dec. 4, 2010. American doubles teams had not reached the podium in 60 World Cup races since.