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Loch wins men's singles
German luger Felix Loch gave the luge community a reason to celebrate when he won gold in men’s singles just two days after Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia was killed after crashing in a practice run. The track was shortened to increase the safety of the athletes, and Loch posted the fastest times in all four runs. At 20 years old, Loch the wunderkind became the youngest Olympic luge champion of all-time.
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German luge dominates
Felix Loch’s gold in men’s singles was accompanied by four more medals for the German luge team: silver for David Möller in men’s singles; gold for Tatjana Hüfner and bronze for Natalie Geisenberger in women’s singles, and bronze for Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch in men’s doubles. Out of nine possible luge medals, the Germans won nearly two-thirds, a truly dominant performance.
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"Iceblood" takes fifth medal
Italian luger Armin Zöeggeler, nicknamed “The Iceblood Champion,” made his Olympic debut at age 20 at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. Sixteen years and four Games later, Zöeggeler added a fifth medal, bronze, to his collection of two Olympic golds, a silver, and a bronze.
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Art makes headway in skeleton
Barreling down the ice headfirst at speeds of over 85 mph, a skeleton racer's helmet is essential for protection. But it is also an opportunity for self expression, and the sliders in Vancouver delighted crowds with helmets adorned with eagles, unicorns and beavers. Above, Mellisa Hollingsworth of Canada starts down the track with her distinctive horse skull helmet leading the way.
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Montgomery wins skeleton
The red-headed skeleton athlete, who works as an auctioneer in Calgary in the off-season, became a Canadian hero for both his gold-medal performance and his beer-loving celebration. After winning the men’s skeleton event by just .07 seconds, he went on a victory march through Whistler Village with fans singing the Canadian anthem. When a member of the crowd handed him a pitcher of beer, Montgomery drank it without breaking stride—an image that instantly became iconic.
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