Loch earns 4th luge world title


WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) -- Olympic and defending world champion Felix Loch won his fourth world luge championship Friday night.

Loch, from Germany, coasted to victory on the 2010 Olympic track and led a 1-2-3-4 sweep by his country on a night when German sleds took five of six medals in two events.

Loch, who is coached by his father and German head coach Norbert Loch, clocked two runs that totaled 1 minute, 36.375 seconds. That was well ahead of Andi Langenhan's 1:36.750, followed by Johannes Ludwig in 1:36.775 for the bronze medal. David Moeller took fourth.

Chris Mazdzer, a 2010 Olympian from Saranac Lake, N.Y., posted his best career result by finishing in sixth place in 1:37.124. Taylor Morris, of South Jordan, Utah, in his first full season racing internationally, had a personal-best 17th-place effort. He finished in 1:37.543.