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Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Andreas and Wolfgang Linger win gold

Associated Press

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger have won their second consecutive Olympic gold medal in doubles luge.

The Lingers completed their two runs in 1 minute, 22.705 seconds. Andris and Juris Sics of Latvia finished in 1:22.969 and won silver, and Germany's Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch took bronze with a time of 1:23.404.

The Lingers are just the second doubles team to win in consecutive Olympics. Germany's Hans Rinn and Norbert Hahn accomplished the feat in 1976 and 1980.

Christian Niccum and Dan Joye of the United States were sixth. Americans Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin, doomed by a bad start on their first run, finished 13th.