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Winning gold again completes a remarkable return to form for Kuzmina.

After earning two medals in Vancouver, she added a bronze in the sprint event at the world championships the next year.

Germany’s Loch repeats with easy victory in luge

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Furiously fast and fluid, Felix Loch is an Olympic gold medalist again.

And at 24, he’s only just begun.

Germany’s newest luging lord locked up the title he won four years ago in Vancouver on Sunday by easily beating a field of racers he left in his icy wake. Loch completed four runs down the Sanki Sliding Center track in 3 minutes, 27.562 seconds — 0.476 seconds ahead of Russia’s Albert Demchenko, who won the silver in his seventh Olympics.

Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler won the bronze, giving him a record six in six games.

Loch arrived at the Sochi Games expected to win. It seemed to be a mere formality that he would add another gold medal to Germany’s cache of Olympic hardware. He dominated and delivered.

“Unbelievable. It’s so crazy for me,” Loch said.

Huge first jump helps net gold for Poland’s Stoch

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Kamil Stoch of Poland made his first Olympic medal a gold one, winning the men’s normal hill individual ski jump at the Sochi Games on Sunday after a stunning first-round jump put him in control.

Down the hill last among 50 starters in the first round, this season’s World Cup leader had a jump of 105.5 meters, four meters better than Anders Bardal of Norway.

Peter Prevc of Slovenia, the 2013 world champion, overtook Bardal in the second round to take the silver. Bardal settled for the bronze. Simon Amman of Switzerland, the defending champion from Vancouver in 2010 and who was seeking a record fifth Olympic gold medal, finished 17th.

Russia captures gold in team figure skating

SOCHI, Russia | Russia won its first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Sunday, taking the new team figure skating event even before the ice dancers finished up.

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