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Luge and Skeleton Wednesday, 13 February, 2002, 02:49 GMT
Otto looking hot for luge title
Germany's two-time world champion Sylke Otto takes the lead after the first day of the women's luge.
Otto led the German 1-2-3 at Salt Lake
Germany's two-time world champion Sy lke Otto held off compatriots Barbara Niedernhuber and Silke Kraushaar to take the lead after the first day of the women's luge.

Otto finished 0.048 seconds ahead of Niedernhuber while defending Olympic gold medallist Kraushaar 0.086 secs off the pace.

"I made a big mistake in curve 14 and the whole straight away. I've never done it before on this track and it happened because the track is so crowded (with spectators). I couldn't see the entrance," said Kraushaar.

Becky Wilczak of the United States finished .558 seconds back in fourth position and Austria's Angelika Neuner, bronze medallist in 1998, was fifth.

"The German girls are so strong that all the others are happy to get the fourth place," said Neuner.

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