The luge question: Can Germany lose at the Olympics? It's rare, but some have hope of upsets

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Chris Mazdzer of the United States completes a training run at the luge track for the men's singles luge at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

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By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — There have been 117 medals awarded in Olympic luge competitions to date. Austrians, Italians, Russians, Americans and Latvians have 47 of them.

The other 70 are owned by Germans.

That is a most one-sided medal count.

Technically, the German total includes the days when there was an East Germany and a West Germany. Nonetheless, a country that's basically half the size of Texas dominates luge like no other. And that's not expected to change at the Sochi Olympics, where Germans Felix Loch and Natalie Geisenberger are the favorites to win more golds.

U.S. slider Chris Mazdzer says there's only two ways for the Germans to lose: Either they crash, or they forget to show up on race days.

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