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Gough struggles, but helps Canada to bronze

By Kristen Odland, Calgary Herald
December 7, 2009 8:15 AM

Alex Gough wants the world to know she can do better.

The 22-year-old, who has recently emerged as a podium contender, struggled through some technical problems with her sled on the final day at a world cup luge stop in Altenberg, Germany, on Sunday, but was able to pick herself up in the second run of the women's competition, finishing 12th overall with a time of one minute, 48.975 seconds.

Then, she continued the momentum to help the Canadians earn a bronze in the team relay.

"We did really well in the team competition, so we were definitely happy with that," said the Calgarian, who will return to Calgary today with the rest of the national team. "My own race, I wasn't very happy about it. I would have like to have done better."

Gough joined forces with Sam Edney and the brother tandem of Chris and Mike Moffat to put Canada on the podium for the second straight week after with combined time of 2:26.941. The trio of Canadian sleds teamed up to win the gold medal in the first relay of the season last weekend in Austria.

On Sunday, they finished No. 3 to the Germans and Americans who were first and second in 2:25.742 and 2:26.680, respectively. But the Canadians'finish said a lot about their progress, said head coach Wolfgang Staudinger.

"I'm actually quite pleased with the results," he said. "I put a lot of stake in measuring our split times in this event and see where we stack up. Again, this result shows we are capable of doing great things."

Earlier, Calgary's Meghan Simister paced the Canadian women's team with her 10th-place finish in 1:48.897. Regan Lauscher was 14th at 1:49.034.