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Germany wins Olympic relay, sweeps luge gold medals

The Beijing Olympics were a luge runaway for the world’s sliding superpower, which won gold in men’s, women’s and doubles events — then put those champions in Thursday’s team relay and watched them end the season with one more victory.

Natalie Geisenberger, Johannes Ludwig and the doubles team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished in 3 minutes, 3.406 seconds at the Yanqing Sliding Center, 0.080 seconds ahead of silver-medalist Austria and 0.948 seconds ahead of bronze-medalist Latvia.

The Canadian team of Trinity Ellis of Vancouver, B.C., Reid Watts of Whistler, B.C.; Tristan Walker of Calgary, Alta.; and Justin Snith, also of Calgary, finished in sixth place after leading the pack with five teams to go.

The United States was seventh, with one Olympic career ending and three others just starting. Chris Mazdzer — the four-time Olympian and 2018 men’s silver medalist — is done on this stage, confirming that he’s going to retire after one final farewell World Cup race.