Canada?s Alex Gough Slides Short of Podium in Fourth at Luge World Cup in Germany
OBERHOF, Ger.—Canada’s Alex Gough came up just short in her quest for her third straight medal after finishing fourth at a luge World Cup in Oberhof, Germany on Saturday.
After clocking the fifth-fastest time in the opening run at 42.775, the feisty 24-year-old Calgarian made things interesting when she set a new track record at 42.393 in her second trip down the highly technical Germany track. While the track record was later set by Natalie Geisenberger at 42.050, the run moved Gough to fourth with a combined time of one minute, 25.168 seconds (1:25.168).
“It was a tight race for third but that was a world class performance by Alex with good starts,” said Wolfgang Staudinger, head coach, Canadian Luge Team. “It is not easy to have a result like that in Oberhof. It is a very technical, demanding track that is simply difficult to get down so this is top-notch.”
Germany swept the women’s podium with Natalie Geisenberger finishing on top at 1:24.443. Tatjana Hufner clocked a silver-medal time of 1:24.690, while Anke Wischnewski finished third at 1:25.107.
“It is so difficult to podium here because the rest of the world only gets six training runs,” added Staudinger. “It is so hard to get down this track clean because it is so difficult, but the Germans know every inch of it because they train here so often. That is why they are dominant.”
Three other Calgary-based Canadians also hit the start house in women’s racing. Arianne Jones was 16th (1:26.169), Kim McRae finished 19th (1:26.385), and Dayna Clay was 21ts (1:26.590).
Earlier in the day Canada’s lone doubles team of Tristan Walker (Cochrane, Alta.) and Justin Snith, of Calgary, finished 18th after posting a two-run time of 1:26.330.
Germany’s Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken clocked the top time at 1:23.544. Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, also of Germany, were second with a time of 1:23.775, while Austria’s Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger were third at 1:24.199.
The Luge World Cup continues on Sunday in Oberhof with the men’s singles race followed by the team relay event.
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COMPLETE RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org
Top-Five Women’s and Canadians Results:
1. Natalie Geisenberg, GER, 1:24.443; 2. Tatjana Hufner, GER, 1:24.690; 3. Anke Wischnewski, GER, 1:25.107; 4. Alex Gough, Calgary, CAN, 1:25.168; 5. Corinna Martini, AUT, 1:25.301.
Other Canadian Results:
16. Arianne Jones, Calgary, 1:26.169; 19. Kim McRae, Calgary, 1:26.385; 21. Dayna Clay, Calgary, 1:26.590.
Top-Five Doubles and Canadians Results:
1. Eggert/Benecken, GER, 1:23.544; 2. Wendl/Arlt, GER, 1:23.775; 3. Linger/Linger, AUT, 1:24.199; 4. Penz/Fischler, AUT, 1:24.321; 5. Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:24.464.
18. Walker, Cochrane, Alta./Snith, Calgary, 1:26.330