German duo ties mark with 27th World Cup luge win


WINTERBERG, Germany -- Germany's Patric Leitner and
Alexander Resch tied the career record for World Cup titles in
men's luge doubles with their 27th victory Saturday. The U.S. team
of Mark Grimette and Brian Martin was sixth.

Germany also captured the women's singles, with Tatjana Huefner
leading a 1-2 finish for her country.

Leitner and Resch had the fastest first heat of 44.313 seconds
to win in an overall time of 1 minute, 28.930 seconds and equal the
mark of fellow Germans Stefan Krausse and Jan Behrendt.

"That makes us incredibly happy," Leitner said.

Italians Gerhard Plankensteiner and Oswald Haselrieder finished
second in 1:29.167, followed by Austrians Tobias Schiegl and Markus
Schiegl in 1:29.181.

Leitner and Resch lead the World Cup standings and need only a
fourth-place finish in the last race to take the title. Grimette
and Martin are sixth in the standings as well.

In the women's race, Huefner won in 1:54.633, followed by
countrywoman Anke Wischnewski in 1:54.735 and Natalia Yakuchenko of
Ukraine in 1:54.787.