LUGE Preview: World Cup final in Sochi, with the men’s title up for grabs

German luge superstar Felix Loch (Photo: Sandro Halank via Wikipedia)

The final FIL World Cup of the 2018-19 season is in Sochi (RUS), site of th infamous 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Two of the three season titles have essentially been decided, but the men’s division is still very much in play. The standings:

Men’s Singles:
1. 598 Johannes Ludwig (GER)
2. 588 Semen Pavlichenko (RUS)
3. 583 Felix Loch (GER) ~ Defending champion
4. 580 Reinhard Egger (AUT)
5. 548 Roman Repilov (RUS)

Men’s Doubles:
1. 895 Toni Eggert/Sascha Benecken (GER) ~ Defending champion
2. 712 Thomas Steu/Lorenz Koller (AUT)
3. 698 Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt (GER)
4. 591 Andris Sics/Juris Sics (LAT)
5. 463 Vladislav Yuzhakov/Yuri Prokhorov (RUS)
6. 459 Chris Mazdzer/Jayson Terdiman (USA)

Women’s Singles:
1. 882 Natalie Geisenberger (GER) ~ Defending champion
2. 706 Julia Taubitz (GER)
3. 556 Summer Britcher (USA)
4. 516 Tatyana Ivanova (RUS)
5. 480 Tajana Huefner (GER)

The FIL World Cup is scored 100-85-70-60-55 for the top five places and on down to 40th, and both a standard race and a Sprint will be held. Geisenberger is well positioned to win her seventh straight Wold Cup title and Eggert and Benecken should win their third straight World Cup crown in the Doubles.

For Britcher, this would be her highest career finish in a seasonal World Cup if she is able to maintain her third-place standing.

The men’s division has been owned by Loch, the six-time champion who won five in a row from 2012-16, and again last season. With just 18 points separating the first four, anything can happen!

Look for results here.