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Canada's Arianne Jones Slides into Eighth at Luge World Cup in Latvia

Alex Gough finishes ninth, Canadians place fifth in relay

 SIGULDA, Lat.—Arianne Jones continued her strong season with an eighth-place finish at a luge World Cup stop in Sigulda, Latvia on Sunday.

The 21-year-old Jones, who had a career-best sixth place result earlier this year, clocked a two-run time of 1:26.407.

Jone’s teammate, Alex Gough of Calgary, maintained a spot in the top-10 despite experiencing one of her most difficult races of the season. The 24 year old finished ninth at 1:26.566.

Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger finished on top with a time of 1:25.884. Anke Wischnewski, also of Germany, was second at 1:26.027, while Erin Hamlin, of the United States, claimed third with a time of 1:26.167.

Following the women’s race, Canada’s Gough, Sam Edney and Tristan Walker and Justin Snith hit the start line for a World Cup relay competition. The bronze medallists at the World Championships slid short of the podium with a fifth-place finish in Sigulda.

Canada finished fifth with a combined time of 2:18.271.

Italy won the relay with a time of 2:17.137. Austria slid to the silver medal at 2:17.483, while Germany grabbed the bronze after clocking-in at 2:17.662.

The Luge World Cup wraps up next week in Russia.

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COMPLETE RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org
Top-Five Women’s and Canadians Results:
1. Natalie Geisenberger, GER, 1:25.884; 2. Anke Wischnewski, GER, 1:26.027; 3. Erin Hamlin, USA, 1:26.167; 4. Eliza Tiruma, LAT, 1:26.190; 5. Nina Reithmayer, AUT, 1:26.261
Other Canadian Results:
8. Arianne Jones, Calgary, 1:26.407; 9. Alex Gough, Calgary, 1:26.566

Top-Five Relay and Canadian Results:
1. Italy, 2:17.137; 2. Austria, 2:17.483; 3. Germany, 2:17.662; 4. USA, 2:17.924; 5. Canada, 2:18.271