Preview: Felix out to “Loch” up another Olympic luge title

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All races can be seen live online. TV listings can be found here.

EVENT SCHEDULE
Today – Men’s singles, 9:30 a.m. ET
Sunday – Men’s singles, medal event, 9:30 a.m. ET
Feb. 10 – Women’s singles, 9:45 a.m. ET
Feb. 11 – Women’s singles, medal event, 9:30 a.m. ET
Feb. 12 – Doubles, medal event, 9:15 a.m. ET
Feb. 13 – Team relay, 11:15 a.m. ET

TV SCHEDULE
Tonight – Midnight-1 a.m. ET, NBC
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. ET, LIVE on NBCSN (also on NBC’s daytime coverage starting at 2 p.m. ET)
Feb. 10 – 11:15 a.m. ET, NBCSN (also on NBC’s late night coverage starting at 12:05 a.m. ET)
Feb. 11 – 3-5 p.m. ET, NBC
Feb. 12 – 2-3 p.m. ET, NBCSN (also on NBC’s late night coverage starting at 12:05 a.m. ET)
Feb. 13 – 12:05-1:05 a.m., NBC

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U.S. OUTLOOK
Former world champion Erin Hamlin will lead an American squad that has never been able to claim a singles medal in Olympic luge. She’ll look to erase a disappointing 16th-place result in Vancouver, and she’s one of just three returning members from those Games – Chris Mazdzer and Christian Niccum being the others. Among the men, Mazdzer could make some noise; he recently capped off a fifth-place World Cup season that saw him earn two medals (silver at both Whistler, B.C. and Park City, Utah).

INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK
Defending Olympic men’s luge champion Felix Loch is the favorite, but the 24-year-old German still will likely have to turn back challenges from a pair of “old men” in Italy’s five-time Olympic medalist Armin Zoeggeler – still very competitive at 40 years old – and Russia’s Albert Demtschenko, who’s the same at 42. Germany also has the favorite in the women’s category with Natalie Geisenberger, the 2013 world champion and a bronze medalist in Vancouver.

NEW EVENT – THE TEAM RELAY

Each country enters a woman’s sled, a man’s sled, and a doubles sled and runs them in sequence from the starting point. When the competitor finishes a run, he or she must tap a special touch pad that opens the starting gate for the next leg.

The lowest combined time will determine the Olympic champions and medalists, and if there’s a tie, each sled will get the same medal.