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Historic luge final sees Germany's Felix Loch defend gold

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Germany's Felix Loch, 24 years old, defended his gold Sunday at Sochi. (USATSI)
Germany's Felix Loch, 24 years old, defended his gold Sunday at Sochi. (USATSI)

Felix Loch, who became the youngest man to ever win gold in luge when he did so at 2010's Vancouver Games, defended his gold in Sochi Sunday.

Loch's four runs totaled a 3:27.526 time, edging out Russia's Albert Demtschenko (3:28.002). That means Loch won by nearly a half-second -- a very comfortable margin in luge.

After securing the gold, Loch ran to his father and gave the man a hug.

Even though Loch got the gold, it was a very positive/historic event for Demtschenko and Italy's Armin Zoeggeler, who took bronze with a time of 3:28.797. Demchenko, 42, became the oldest men's luger to medal in the Olympics. Zoeggeler is a legend in the sport; he became the first person to ever medal at six straight Winter Olympics.

Zoeggeler -- who has quite the nickname, "The Cannibal" -- has two golds, which came in 2002 in Salt Lake and 2006 in Turin. If he chooses to retire, he'll bookend his Olympic career with bronzes; his first Games were in '94, at Lillehammer.

Demtschenko was competing in his seventh Olympics, but this was only the second time he'd medaled. His other top-three finish was also a silver, at the 2006 Turin Games.

The highest-placing American, Christopher Mazdzer, finished 13th (3:29.954). Connecticut's Tucker West, who was the youngest competitor in the event (18 years old), finished 22nd.

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