Zoeggeler wins record 6th Olympic luge medal

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm •  Published: February 9, 2014
Advertisement
;

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Whether Armin Zoeggeler is the best luger ever is debatable.

Except at the Olympics.

Under the five rings, no one did it better.

Zoeggeler is now the only person with six Olympic luge medals, after winning a bronze Sunday night at the Sochi Games to break a tie with German legend Georg Hackl atop the all-time standings. Zoeggeler's final time was 3 minutes, 28.797 seconds, placing him 1.271 seconds behind German gold medalist Felix Loch and 0.795 seconds slower than Russian silver medalist Albert Demchenko.

"I have really had a good time," Zoeggeler said.

Zoeggeler, 40, now has two golds, a silver and three bronzes in his Olympic career, which is all but certain to end in Sochi. But his medal total still may grow if, as expected, he represents Italy when the team relay makes its debut in the games program on Feb. 13 — exactly 20 years from the date where he made his Olympic debut in Lillehammer.

"He came, he saw, he conquered, he dominated, he did everything he could," said Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake, N.Y., the top American in the Olympic field with a 13th-place finish. "What else is there?"

Not much.

Zoeggeler's medal count is almost unbelievable. He's got 103 medals in World Cup races, including 57 golds. He has 10 medals from world championships, including six golds. Tack on the six more medals from the Olympics, and that's 119 medals from major international competition, along with an amazing record in the overall World Cup competitions — 10 wins, four seconds and one third.

| |

Advertisement


Trending Now



AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    For the children's sake, put down that smartphone
  2. 2
    Texas woman found buried beneath hail
  3. 3
    Denver 4/20 rally draws mellow crowd; police issue dozens of citations
  4. 4
    News 9: OKC family says raw sewage backing up in their yard
  5. 5
    KOCO: 19 years after Murrah bombing, grandmother shares story of loss, forgiveness
+ show more