Felix loch was frustrated after missing out on defending his title.
"That’s amazing. We have to change things and work on the material. It can’t go on like this," said the dethroned luge world champion of 2019 at the title competitions in sochi, where the 30-year-old ended up in ninth place only. His teammate johannes ludwig just missed a podium finish with fourth place. Thus, only the doubles and the team relay at the end gave the german luge team two titles at the world championships.
With a total of five medals, the german lugers fell short of the seven podium places expected by national coach norbert loch. Most successful luge nation are the russian hosts, who won five out of seven competitions. The last time a german team had a similarly modest world cup result was at the 2009 world championships in lake placid. The victory in the relay with julia taubitz, ludwig and the doubles team toni eggert/sascha benecken made for a satisfying end after all. The germans benefited from the disqualification of the russian team.
In sunshine and temperatures around 10 degrees, loch had already lost almost all her chances on the 1476-meter track, which is considered one of the fastest in the world, in the first run in eighth place. With one win, defending champion could have become record world champion. Johannes ludwig, who came fourth in the second run after a start error and narrowly missed the podium, finished as the best german skier.
The highlight on the 2014 olympic track was once again provided by the german medal guarantors in the doubles event. The german team celebrated the title win of the thuringian duo eggert/benecken, who won the third world championship title in a row, exuberantly. Especially since the toughest competitors from their own camp, tobias wendl/tobias arlt, contributed two third places, one of them in sprinting.
"It’s a load off my mind that we drew this so bravely. I knew the boys were strong nerves. The joy is enormous," said national coach norbert loch after the sixth world championship title in a row in the doubles. The strong russians alexander denisew/vladislav antonov finished second.
"I am overjoyed. After the last few weeks, this was the most difficult race for us," said benecken after the victory, which was cheered exuberantly by the entire team on the track after crossing the finish line. "That was simply mega", said benecken.
In the women’s race, julia taubitz (oberwiesenthal) just missed her first world championship gold despite setting a track record, but won the silver medal as she did last year in winterberg. "That was an extreme liberation for me. I told myself beforehand that I wouldn’t be fourth again," said the 23-year-old, who was only beaten by double world champion ekaterina katnikova.