Germans Wendl and Arlt win World Cup luge doubles



LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — World champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt of Germany wrapped up the luge World Cup doubles title Friday with a victory on the Mount Van Hoevenberg course.

Wendl and Arlt completed the two-run event with a combined time of 1 minute, 28.256 seconds to finish 0.131 seconds ahead of Peter Penz and Georg Fischler of Austria. The Italian team of Christain Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber was third.

It was the sixth victory in eight World Cup events this season for Wendl and Arlt, who captured the world championship title last weekend at Whistler, British Columbia. Wendl and Arlt were the World Cup winners in 2010-11.

Matthew Mortenson of Huntington Station, N.Y., and Preston Griffall of Salt Lake City, Utah, were the top American team with a sixth-place finish. The U.S. team of Jake Hyrns of Muskegon, Mich., and Andrew Sherk of Fort Washington, Pa., finished eighth.