The youngest men’s singles luge champion in Olympic history has done it again.
On the final run of the competition, Germany’s Felix Loch threw down a 51.764-second blitz around the Sanki Sliding Center to claim his second straight gold medal by .476 of a second on aggregate time over Russia’s Albert Demtschenko.
Behind them was Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler, who won the bronze and became the first Olympian – Summer or Winter – to win six consecutive medals in the same individual event.
His bronze at Sochi now joins two more from Lillehammer (1994) and Vancouver (2010), one silver from Nagano (1998) and a pair of golds from Salt Lake City (2002) and Torino (2006).
Those men were the last competitors to take their fourth and final runs overall, with Zoeggeler beginning the game of “top this” with a time of 51.994 seconds. But with the Russian crowd firmly behind him, Demtschenko followed and eclipsed the Italian with a time of 51.854 seconds.
Then, with the spotlight on him, Loch came through in the clutch with a final run that nipped Demtschenko’s by a mere 88 one-thousandths of a second.
Still, the 42-year-old Demtschenko has claimed his first Olympic medal in eight years, adding another silver to the one he got behind Zoeggeler at Torino.
Chris Mazdzer of the U.S. finished 13th overall to lead the Americans.
MEN’S LUGE – SINGLES
Final standings w/aggregate time across four runs
1. Felix Loch (GER), 3:27.526
2. Albert Demtschenko (RUS), 3:28.002
3. Armin Zoeggeler (ITA), 3:28.797
13. Chris Mazdzer (USA), 3:29.954
22. Tucker West (USA), 3:31.217
24. Aidan Kelly (USA), 3:31.799