Winter Games Athletes
Loch enters Sochi as the favorite to repeat as gold medalist after his dominating performance in Vancouver in 2010, when he became the youngest Olympic champion in men's singles at the age of 20 and posted the second-largest margin of victory at .679 seconds. Loch also has a good chance to pick up a second gold with the introduction of the team relay as a medal event in Sochi _ Loch has helped steer Germany to four overpowering wins and one third-place finish in the five relays he participated in this season. He wrapped up his third consecutive World Cup championship in dominating form, winning his final three startrs and posted five victories in nine overall while finishing in the top five in all nine starts. Loch also had a third-place finish in 2009-10 and a runner-up showing in 2010-11 on the World Cup circuit. If there is one glimmer of hope for his rivals, it's that Loch finished a surprising sixth _ his worst performance in the past three World Cup seasons _ in the pre-Olympic run on the Sochi track last season. Loch is coached by his father Norbert, who finished 13th in the 1984 Sarajevo Games representing East Germany.