Alex Gough Slides into Holiday Break with Luge Bronze
PARK CITY, Utah—Canada’s Alex Gough slid to her third medal of the Olympic season after winning the bronze on Friday at a Luge World Cup in Park City, Utah.
Fighting her way down the 2002 Olympic Track in her opening run, the 26-year-old Gough relied on some feedback from her teammates and coaches to clean up her final blow down the slick chute to clock a two-run time of 1:27.889.
“I just seemed to be fighting it in a couple of spots on the first run, but I had good starts and a good second run so I was happy with that,” said the most successful Canadian luge athlete. “This is such a fun, flowy track and it is quick so I really like it here.”
Gough has enjoyed success in Park City. She was also third the last time the World Cup made a stop there in 2010-11 season. The third-place finish was the 14th World Cup medal of the two-time Olympians career in women’s singles racing.
“Overall I’m really happy with where I’m at,” said Gough. “I just need to build on what I’ve been doing. I want to maintain my strength, continue to have good starts and be in a good head space for the final four races after Christmas.”
Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger won the women’s race with a time of 1:27.628. Anke Wischnewski, also of Germany, placed second at 1:27.821.
Calgarians Kim McRae was 10th (1:28.135), Jordan Smith was 21st (1:28.777), and Arianne Jones was disqualified.
Earlier in the day, the men’s doubles team of Tristan Walker, of Cochrane, Alta., and Calgary’s Justin Snith, slid to eighth place with a time of 1:28.046.
Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won with a time of 1:27.326. Austria’s Andrea Linger and Wolfgang Ling claimed the silver medal at 1:27.488, while Germany’s Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken rounded out the podium in third place after stopping the clock at 1:27.547.
The World Cup continues on Saturday in Park City with the men’s singles race and team relay competition.
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COMPLETE RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org
Women’s Top-Five and Canadian Results:
1. Natalie Geisenberger, GER, 1:27.628; 2. Anke Wischnewski, GER, , 1:27.821; 3. Alex Gough, Calgary, CAN 1:27.889; 4. Kate Hanson, USA, 1:27.992; 5. Dajana Eitberger, GER, 1:27.990
Other Canadian Results:
10. Kimberley McRae, Calgary, 1:28.135; 21. Jordan Smith, Calgary, 1:28.777; DSQ. Arianne Jones, Calgary
Top-Five Doubles and Canadian Results: 1. Wendl/Arlt, GER, 1:27.326; 2. Linger/Linger, AUT, 1:27.488; 3. Eggert/Benecken, GER, 1:27.547; 4. Rieder/Rastner, ITA, 1:27.685; 5. Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:27.748.
8. Walker, Cochrane, Alta./Snith, Calgary, 1:28.046