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Chris Mazdzer of Team USA touches the final touch pad during the FIL Viessmann Luge World Cup Team Relay competition. (Matthias Rietschel/Getty Photo)
Chris Mazdzer of Team USA touches the final touch pad during the FIL Viessmann Luge World Cup Team Relay competition. (Matthias Rietschel/Getty Photo) (Matthias Rietschel / Bongarts/Getty Images)

When: Feb. 13.

Best of the U.S.: The U.S. Luge Association will select its relay members after assessing individual performances during the singles and doubles events.

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Best of the rest: The Germans lead the overall World Cup team relay standings with 509 points after winning four gold medals in six events. Canada, Italy, Russia and Austria also are expected to enter strong teams.

U.S. chances to medal: The U.S. team ended the World Cup season in third place, making a podium finish possible in the unpredictable relay event.

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Little-known fact: Most lugers will hit the time pad with closed fists to prevent tearing the pad with their spiked gloves or jamming a finger.

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