Team luge success for Germany

Germany claimed a clean sweep of gold medals at the luge after storming to victory in the first ever relay event in Sochi.

Women's champion Natalie Geisenberger, men's victor Felix Loch and doubles winners Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt combined to superb effect to win their second golds of these Games and earn their country's seventh of the Games.

It is the second time the Germans have cleaned up in luge, having won all three events at Nagano in 1998, with the team relay only being introduced in Sochi.

Nicknamed the 'Bayern Express' the current quartet finished just over a second ahead of silver medallists Russia, with Latvia getting bronze 1.646secs adrift of the champions.

Canada were a further tenth of a second back, while Austria could only manage seventh, despite boasting the Linger brothers Andras and Wolfgang, the doubles silver medallists, in their ranks.

Loch said of Germany's triumph: "It's awesome, the greatest feeling ever. "We have known each other since childhood and we are best friends, so this is a very special feeling to win this medal together as a team."

Geisenberger added: "It's fantastic to be able to add another medal to the German medal tally.

"We normally are individual athletes but now to become Olympic champion as a team, this is the greatest."