Merkel hails German team

TURIN, Italy (AP) Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Germany’s Olympic team Sunday on a performance that saw it once again top the medals chart. “You have achieved a series of great successes on which I congratulate you heartily,” Merkel wrote in a message released by her office in Berlin. “All of you have confirmed impressively that Germany is and remains one of the world’s great winter sports nations,” she added.