Germany wins luge team event

Updated: February 14, 2004, 9:55 AM ET
Associated Press

NAGANO, Japan -- The United States finished second behind Germany on Friday in the team competition at the luge world championships.

The U.S. team of Mark Grimmette, Brian Martin, Ashley Hayden and Tony Benshoof finished in 2 minutes, 29.169 seconds. Grimmette and Martin, bronze medalists at the 1988 Nagano Olympics, had the best overall doubles time of 49.702.

This was Germany's third straight title at the worlds in the team event, which is based on men's and women's singles and men's doubles.

Germany finished in 2:28.711, with David Moeller timed in 48.813. Italy was third in 2:29.415.

Germany's Barbara Niedamhuber was first in the women's run in 50.150. The doubles team of Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch was third in 49.748.

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