Germany Remains Dominant in Luge in Sochi

Germany ended the sixth day of competition at the Sochi Games Thursday by leaving no doubt which country sports the best luge athletes.

Natalie Geisenberger, Felix Loch and the pairing of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the first-ever Olympic luge team relay, as heavy favorite Germany crafted a gold medal sweep of the four luge events in Sochi.

The win lifted Germany into the gold medal lead at the Sochi Games with seven.

The luge team relay involves one women's singles, one men's singles and one doubles run.

In skiing, American freestylers dominated the first-ever Olympic slopestyle competition, sweeping the top three spots. Joss Christensen won the gold medal, with Gus Kenworthy taking silver and Nicholas Goepper earning bronze.

Also Thursday, China took its spot on the medals board by winning two gold medals in women's speedskating. Li Jianrou won the short track 500-m race, and Zhang Hong took the 1,000-m event.

Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk won gold in the women's 10-km cross country skiing race, and sharp-shooting French biathlete Martin Fourcade won the 20-km individual gold.

On the ice, the top men's hockey teams -- Russia, the United States and Canada -- played for the first time in the Sochi Games Thursday.  Russia beat Slovenia, 5-2, the U.S. routed Slovakia, 7-1, and Canada topped Norway, 3-1.

VOA News / Feb. 14, 2014 08:10 KST