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A year ago Georg Hackl refused to luge here. This time the German star refused to lose.

The three-time Olympic champion was the only slider to break the 50-second barrier Sunday at Mount Van Hoevenberg, and used his blazing first run of 49.944 seconds to win the final race of the World Cup season.

Hackl had a two-run time of 1 minute, 40.047 seconds to edge Armin Zoggeler of Italy by 73 thousandths of a second. Karsten Albert, also of Germany, was third.

It was a different story last February. On the eve of the first-ever men's race on the new bobsled-luge track, Hackl said conditions were too dangerous and was one of five men who boycotted the event at the Winter Goodwill Games.

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