Germany enjoyed a successful start to the luge competition at Lausanne 2020 ©OISphoto

Germany claimed both gold medals on offer on the opening day of luge competition at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Merle Malou Fraebel triumphed in the women's singles, before Moritz Jaeger and Valentin Steudte topped the podium in the men's doubles event at the Olympia Bob Run in St Moritz.

Fraebel edged out compatriot Jessica Degenhardt with a combined time of 1min 49.687sec.

Russia's Diana Loginova finished third in 1:49.966.

"I cannot believe it," Fraebel said. 

"Already during the training runs I had a good feeling about today.

"It is great to be standing on the podium together with Jessica."

Jaeger and Steudte completed the dominant performance from the Germans with victory in an overall 1:46.649.

The German pair were 0.302sec quicker than Latvia's Kaspars Rinks and Ardis Liepins, who were forced to settle for silver in 1:49.951.

Russia's Mikhail Karnaukhov and Iurii Chirva took bronze.

"It's stunning to be a part of such a big thing here, such a big competition," Steudte said. 

"And winning the gold medal, that's the biggest thing that has happened in my life until now.

"I think we will celebrate this evening very well. 

"Maybe we go out and drink something? I don’t know. 

"Then I will go to my family and get their congrats."

Luge competition at the third Winter Youth Olympic Games continues tomorrow.