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Setting the stage for today’s medal battle in men’s luge

Luge - Winter Olympics Day 1

during the Luge Men’s Singles on Day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sliding Center Sanki on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Adam Pretty

Defending Olympic champion Felix Loch and the ageless Russian, Albert Demtschenko, are your current 1-2 in men’s luge after yesterday’s first day of competition at the Sanki Sliding Center. The final two runs come later this morning.

Loch posted the second-fastest run in Heat 1 behind Demtschenko, but the two flip-flopped positions in Heat 2 and Loch now holds the overall lead on aggregate time.

As for Team USA, Chris Mazdzer (pictured) currently leads them in 13th place overall - and it sounds like we’ll see him push even harder this morning.

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“I would say I was a little conservative [yesterday]...,” Mazdzer said according to USA Luge. “This Olympic race should be all or nothing. I think I have to go a little less conservative...and see what happens.”

NBC Olympics’ Leigh Diffey and three-time Olympian Duncan Kennedy recap and set the stage for today in their Subway Fresh Take on

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