Loch rules in Igls
Olympic champion Felix Loch showed no effects from the hip injury that has plagued his preparations for the new World Cup luge season by winning in Igls, Austria
The German is also a two-time world champion but had only previously won one World Cup race, on home soil in Altenberg last season.
However, his two runs on the 1976 Winter Olympic track in Igls totalled an aggregate time of 1.40.398 - including a 50.185 track record at his second attempt.
David Moeller was just 0.046 seconds behind as he completed a German 1-2 while Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler was third.
“As a consequence of my injury I’m still wasting some vital fractions of a second at the start,” admitted Loch.
“One cannot force an overall World Cup victory but I’ve enough time to make a go at it. However, it would be nice to win some more World Cup events this season.”†
Germany won the first-ever World Cup team relay event with Tatjana Huefner, the winner of the women’s event 24 hours earlier, joining forces with Andi Langenhan and the double of Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl.†
Canada and Italy completed the podium.