Felix Loch Photocall

Felix Loch pose during a photo call. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Photo) (Alexander Hassenstein / Bongarts/Getty Images / February 5, 2014)

When: Feb. 8-9.

Best of the U.S.: American Chris Mazdzer of Saranac Lake, N.Y., capped his career-best season with a fifth-place finish in the World Cup standings.

Best of the rest: Germany's Felix Loch won gold in 2010 and is favored again in Sochi, though he'll face tough competition from five-time Olympic medalist Armin Zoeggeler of Italy.

U.S. chances to medal: The U.S. has never medaled in this event and is not expected to make history in Sochi. Little-known fact: U.S. luger Tucker West first began sliding when, much to the neighborhood's surprise, he and his father built a luge track in the family's backyard after the 2002 Olympics.