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King Felix: Loch clinches 7th World Cup luge season title

Felix Loch is the World Cup men's overall champion for the seventh time, clinching the title Saturday with his ninth win in 10 races this season. He leads German teammate Johannes Ludwig by 320 points with two races remaining.

German athlete prevails by 6-1000ths of a second for 9th win in past 10 races

Germany's Felix Loch celebrates his ninth victory in 10 races this season on Saturday in Innsbruck, Austria after clinching the overall title with two races remaining. (JFK/EXPA/AFP via Getty Images)

A year ago, Germany's Felix Loch endured the worst season of his career.

This year, he's enjoying perhaps the most dominant season in men's luge history.

Loch is the World Cup men's overall champion for the seventh time, clinching the title Saturday with his ninth win in 10 races this season. He leads German teammate Johannes Ludwig by 320 points with two races remaining.

If Loch wins both -- World Cup luge races are worth 100 points for winners, 85 points for runners-up -- he would be assured of breaking his own record for the biggest season-long points margin. He topped Germany's Andi Langenhan by 330 points on the way to the 2014-15 championship.

WATCH | Loch rallies in 2nd heat to post narrow win:

Felix Loch locks up World Cup luge title with 9th win in 10 races

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The dominant German becomes the World Cup men's overall champion for the seventh time in his illustrious career. 2:00

Loch was seventh in last season's standings, his worst finish since becoming a full-time member of the World Cup circuit in 2007. He's the third men's luger to win at least seven World Cup titles; Austria's Markus Prock and Italy's Armin Zöggeler won 10 championships apiece.

Loch wrapped up the title in style, rallying in the second heat of Saturday's race to beat Russia's Semen Pavlichenko by six-thousandths of a second in Innsbruck, Austria. Ludwig was third.

In doubles, Italy's Ludwig Rieder and Patrick Rastner got their first World Cup race win Saturday by holding off the Latvian sled of Andris Sics and Juris Sics. Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller of Austria placed third, moving closer to clinching the season title.

WATCH | Italian duo slides to top of podium:

Italians Rastner and Rieder take doubles luge gold in Innsbruck

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The formidable Italian duo slid to the top of the podium with a big World Cup doubles win in Austria. 2:38

Steu and Koller lead Germany's Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken by 111 points with two races left.

Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman, the lone USA Luge sled in the doubles field, had trouble in their second run Saturday and finished 24th.

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