Big-name U.S. athletes disappoint in short track, luge in Turin

By Tim Reynolds The Associated Press

CESANA, Italy – Armin Zoeggeler of Italy added to his collection of gold while the United States saw another shot at its long-awaited breakthrough medal in men’s luge slip away.

Zoeggeler, racing on his home track, wrapped up his second straight Olympic gold medal last night and delivered Italy’s first victory at the Turin Games with a time of 3 minutes, 26.088 seconds.

But the Americans remained 0-for-forever in their quest to join the singles luge medal party, with Tony Benshoof managing only a fourth-place finish – matching Adam Heidt from four years ago as the best in U.S. Olympic history.

Russia’s Albert Demtschenko finished 0.11 seconds behind Zoeggeler for the silver, and Latvia’s Martins Rubenis was another 0.247 back for the bronze – edging Benshoof by 0.153 seconds.