From Königssee, GER
(Jan. 2, 2021) – Germany kicked off the 2021 calendar year in the same fashion they have so many times before: By winning a luge race in Königssee. Toni Eggert & Sascha Benecken edged out teammates Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt on their way to their 46th career doubles victory.
Wendl & Arlt held a .026 second advantage over Eggert & Benecken going into the second heat of racing to kick off the new year. Eggert & Benecken were perfect on their second run with only their teammates to go, and while Wendl & Arlt were quick they couldn’t match the speed that Eggert & Benecken carried. At the finish line, the difference was .141 from first to second.
Thomas Steu & Lorenz Koller finished a distant third, enough to hold onto their World Cup overall lead. Teammates Yannick Müller & Armin Frauscher finished fourth, just ahead of Andris & Juris Sics in fifth.
Robin Geueke & David Gamm finished sixth in their first World Cup start of the season to round out the German effort.
In the overall World Cup standings, Steu & Koller hold the lead over Eggert & Benecken, with Wendl & Arlt in third. This season the FIL is also giving a trophy to the team who leads the “classic luge” points (so full races without Sprint World Cup points) at the end of the season, and in those standings Eggert & Benecken lead over Steu & Koller.
The North Americans made their return to the FIL World Cup tour after sitting out the first part of the season thanks to COVID-related travel restrictions. Americans Chris Mazdzer & Jayson Terdiman led the way in 13th, up from 15th in the first heat. Canadians Tristan Walker & Justin Snith came into the second run in 11th, but a big skid into the labyrinth dropped them to 18th.
|Pos||Names||Nation||Bib||Start 1||Start 2||Run 1||Run 2||Total|
|1||Eggert / Benecken||GER||20||2.873||2.865||50.118||50.166||1:40.284|
|2||Wendl / Arlt||GER||21||2.860||2.846||50.092||50.333||1:40.425|
|3||Steu / Koller||AUT||22||2.897||2.891||50.277||50.477||1:40.754|
|4||Müller / Frauscher||AUT||23||2.894||2.907||50.354||50.596||1:40.950|
|5||Sics / Sics||LAT||24||2.934||2.939||50.507||50.520||1:41.027|
|6||Geueke / Gamm||GER||12||2.887||2.899||50.610||50.482||1:41.092|
|7||Rieder / Kainzwaldner||ITA||13||2.899||2.894||50.557||50.540||1:41.097|
|8||Nagler / Malleier||ITA||14||2.873||2.783||50.512||50.626||1:41.138|
|9||Kashkin / Korshunov||RUS||11||2.924||2.932||50.598||50.663||1:41.261|
|10||Rieder / Rastner||ITA||19||2.835||2.812||50.478||50.809||1:41.287|
|11||Denisev / Antonov||RUS||15||2.951||2.965||50.783||50.738||1:41.521|
|12||Gudramovics / Kalnins||LAT||17||2.913||2.996||50.881||50.745||1:41.626|
|13||Mazdzer / Terdiman||USA||10||2.960||3.012||51.074||51.148||1:42.222|
|14||Yuzhakov / Prokhorov||RUS||18||2.952||2.791||50.976||51.261||1:42.237|
|15||Vavercak / Zmij||SVK||7||2.865||2.895||51.151||51.173||1:42.324|
|16||Park / Cho||KOR||9||3.079||3.115||51.166||51.356||1:42.522|
|17||Chmielewski / Kowalewski||POL||16||2.917||2.929||51.833||50.754||1:42.587|
|18||Walker / Snith||CAN||6||2.910||2.894||50.616||52.142||1:42.758|
|19||Stakhiv / Lysetskyi||UKR||4||3.045||3.049||51.652||51.780||1:43.432|
|20||Hoi / Levkovych||UKR||2||3.145||3.136||53.981||52.265||1:46.246|
|21||Siscanu / Oprea||MDA||1||3.100||3.090||53.388||53.284||1:46.672|
|22||Vejdelek / Pekny||CZE||5||3.128||3.113||51.905||54.910||1:46.815|
|23||Turea / Motzca||ROU||3||3.059||3.078||52.153||65.679||1:57.832|
|24||Gatt / Schöpf||AUT||8||2.951||2.954||51.405||DNF||DNF|