Austrians win men's doubles

ALTENBERG, Germany -- Germany's Anke Wischnewski won the luge World Cup season opener in wind and snow Saturday for her first victory on the circuit.

Wischnewski finished her two heats in 1 minute, 50.009 seconds, beating world champion and countrywoman Silk Kraushaar (1:50.366) and Austria's Nina Reithmayer (1:50.813).

"I've really made big improvements in my start," Wischnewski said. "My goal is to be at the world championships."

Olympic champion Sylke Otto finished 13th after a troubled first run.

"First there was snow, then hail, then came the wind," Otto
said. "It was unbelievably difficult today."

In men's doubles, Austria's Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger won in 1:28.002, beating Italians Christian Oberstolz and Patric Gruber (1:28.216). Germans Sebastian Schmidt and Andre Forker were third (1:28.278).

German world champions Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch
crashed in the first heat and were eliminated.