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Canada's Gough falls just short of luge podium

Saturday, November 28, 2009 | 1:04 PM ET
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Alex Gough of Calgary came tantalizingly close to her first career podium on Saturday, finishing fourth in a women's luge World Cup race in Igls, Austria.

Natalie Geisenberger led a German sweep, setting a track record in her first run and finishing in a two-run combined time of one minute, 19.229 seconds for her fourth career title.

It was the 92nd women's World Cup race in a row that was won by a German.

Tatjana Huefner, who won last week's season opener, was second Saturday in 1:19.282. Anke Wischnewski took the bronze in 1:19.289.

Gough finished her two runs in 1:19.533 to earn her best-ever World Cup finish.

"I knew I had been sliding really well and had lots of confidence coming into the race today," said Gough, who's fourth-place result at this year's world championships was the best ever by a Canadian woman. "I had a problem at the start in my first run and a couple of mistakes in the second run, but the speed was there and it is great to know that even after a couple of mistakes, I'm still where I want to be."

Chris and Mike Moffat of Calgary finished 11th in the men's doubles race, while Tristan Walker of Cochrane, Alta., and Calgary's Justin Snith were 17th.

Germany's Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch won the race, their second straight World Cup victory. Countrymen Andre Florschutz and Torsten Wustlich were the runners-up for the second straight week, while Andres and Wolfgang Linger of Austria rounded out the podium.