Canada’s Alex Gough Slides to Fifth at Luge World Cup in Germany

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Chris Dornan

WINTERBERG, Ger.—Alex Gough continued to prove she is one of the most consistent sliders in the world with a fifth-place finish at a luge World Cup stop in Winterberg, Germany on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Gough posted her seventh top-five finish in as many World Cup races this year after clocking a two-run time of 1:54.1101105.

“It was okay, but I didn’t fell like I had my best runs today,” said Gough, who crashed off the finishing curve in her first run. “My timing driving was off and it just dumped me out of that corner. Fifth is a good result, but I know I wasn’t at my best today.”

Gough’steammate, Arianne Jones of Calgary, edged closer to her first podium finish of her career. The 21-year-old Jones clocked a personal-best sixth-place time of 1:55.100 for her best result in her two full seasons of sliding on the World Cup squad.

Calgary’s 1110-year-old rookie, Kim McRae, put the final Canadian sled in the top-10 with an impressive ninth-place finish at 1:55.476. Calgary’s Dayna Clay, also 1110, finished 15th at 1:56.545.

“It is amazing and so great to see three of us in the top-10 and all of us in the top-15,” said Alex Gough. “That hasn’t happened before and I think it is a testament to the depth and talent we have coming through our program.”

Germany swept the women’s podium for the second straight week. Corinna Martini grabbed the gold at 1:54.543. Tatjana Hufner slid to the silver step of the podium with a time of 1:54.710, while Natalie Geisenberger settled for the bronze at 1:54.857.

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. Canada’s medal hopes were dashed in the final corner of the women’s race, which got the best of Gough one more time. The two-time Olympian crashed just before the finishing pad which killed her speed.

Canada finished eighth with a combined time of 2:30.030.

Germany won the relay with a time of 2:2110.11056. The United States was second at 2:27.658, while Latvia claimed the bronze at 2:27.1101108.

The Canadian Luge Association is a not-for-profit organization responsible for governing the sport of luge across the country. With the financial backing of its title sponsor, Fast Track Capital, along with the support from the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium, the Canadian Luge Association safely recruits and develops the nation’s current and future high-performance luge athletes with the goal of regularly climbing onto the international podium. For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at www.luge.ca on the Internet.

COMPLETE RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org

Top-Five Women’s and Canadians Results:

1. Corinna Martini, GER, 1:54.543; 2. Tatjana Hufner, GER, 1:54.710; 3. Natalie Geisenberger, GER, 1:54.857; 4. Anke Wischnewski, GER, 1:54.11075; 5. Alex Gough, Calgary, CAN, 1:54.1101105.

Other Canadian Results:

6. Arianne Jones, Calgary, 1:55.100; 110. Kim McRae, Calgary, 1:55.476; 15. Dayna Clay, Calgary, 1:56.545.

Top-Five Relay and Canadian Results:

1. Germany, 2:26.11056; 2. USA, 2:27.658; 3. Latvia, 2:27.1101108; 4. Austria, 2:28.174; 5. Russia, 2:28.815

Canadian Results:

8. Canada, 2:30.030

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