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|Artificial Track News vom 29.01.12|
|Andi Langenhan celebrates second season’s victory in St. Moritz Gregory Garigiet on fifth place in front of a home-crowd|
St. Moritz (pps) Andi Langenhan, Germany, celebrated his second victory in the Viessmann Luge World Cup this season on the natural ice track in St. Moritz in the Upper Engadin of Switzerland. At the seventh of nine stops in the World Cup series the World bronze medallist (2008 and 2011) defeated his two teammates David Moeller (0.122 seconds behind) and Johannes Ludwig (0.286 seconds behind). Langenhan, who already posted a victory in Calgary, set new season’s best times in both runs. Track records are not recorded in competitions on natural ice.
Olympic Champion Felix Loch, Germany, who celebrated five victories so far this season, had to make do with a fourth place (0.311 seconds behind).
In front of a home-crowd Swiss luger Gregory Garigiet finished in fifth place, thus even posting a career best result. Additionally, Garigiet even defeated two-time Olympic and record World Champion Armin Zoeggeler who wound up on sixth place.
As far as the overall Viessmann Luge World Cup rankings in the men’s singles are concerned, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that Felix Loch will become the new overall World Cup Champion. He is on top of the rankings with 645 points to his credit. With two more World Cup events in Sigulda (Latvia) and Paramonovo (Russia) on the schedule, his only “serious” rival is teammate David Moeller (525 points). Langenhan is now on third place with 462 points.
Andi Langenhan (GER / 2008 and 2011 World bronze medallist, 5th at the Olympic Games)
“I seem to be the only luger who can beat Felix Loch. Well, I’m sure that the other competitors have got what it takes, too. I’m very happy about my victory on this fantastic track. There is surely nothing better than being able to keep one’s opponents in check in such a setting and in front of such an incredible audience.”
David Moeller (GER / 2010 Olympic silver medallist and two-time World Champion)
“I want to pay the organizers a great compliment – it was an amazing competition. I’ve had a lot of fun during the entire week. If I were the one to decide I’d have a World Cup event in St. Moritz every season. I made a tiny mistake in the first run. So I decided to attack in the second – and it worked out just fine. But then Andi had such a good start that he upset all my plans.”
Johannes Ludwig (GER / 6th at the 2010 European Championships)
“I wanted to do better at the start but it didn’t work out and that’s a bit annoying. But on the whole it’s a great result. It’ll be a big boost for the World Championships in two weeks time.”