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Germans grab gold at luge world championship

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German luge athletes made a clean sweep of the gold medals this weekend at this year’s world championship event in Canada, just one year before the 2014 Winter Olympic games in Russia.

The Germans destroyed the opposition, taking four golds in four events: the men’s individual and pairs events, the men’s team event and the women’s individual. This sets the bar high for next year's winter Olympics, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Sunday.

Felix Loch won the men’s individual and Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt took gold in the two-seater. Natalie Geisenberger won the women’s event, beating out her teammate Olympic gold medalist Tatjana Hüfner for Geisenberger’s first world title.

A Canadian was third and two other Germans were fourth and fifth in the women’s event.

“Our team concluded a sensational World Championship,” said Sport Director Thomas Schwab from the German Federation of Luge and Bobsleds.

The athletes competed on the same course used for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic games.

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