PARAMONOVA, Rus. (ISN)—Alex Gough capped off a stellar 2012 season with a fifth-place finish in the women’s race at the luge World Cup in Paramonova, Russia on Saturday.
The 24-year-old Calgarian, who claimed her first World Cup victory in Paramonova one year ago, posted the second-fastest opening run time at 46.298, but made a small error in her second trip down the track to finish fifth at 1:32.549.
“I am disappointed today because I made a silly mistake on the second run where I hit a wall near the bottom,” said Gough. “I think that is where I am now though. I expect more of myself every race.”
Russia’s Tatiana Ivanova won the final World Cup race of the season with a time of 1:32.262. Germany’s Tatjana Hufner clocked a silver-medal time of 1:32.417, while Corinna Martini rounded out the women’s podium in third with a time of 1:32.509.
Canada’s Arianne Jones finished in 13th spot. The Calgarian clocked a two-run time of 1:34.325.
The fifth-place finish moved Gough into fifth place in the final Overall World Cup standings despite missing one race. The most-accomplished luge slider in the history of the Canadian program became the first Canuck to win on home ice this year when she finished on top in Calgary. Gough also slid onto the bronze-medal step of the World Cup podium twice this year. The two-time Olympian was also part of Canada’s relay squad that one a gold in Igls, Austria, silver in Whistler and a bronze at the World Championships in Altenberg, Germany.
“Overall it was a really good year. I made some big strides as far as consistency and having good results on tracks on don’t normally do well on,” said Gough. “It’s hard right now because I didn’t end the way I wanted, but I know I’ll be happy with season because was must much more consistent than last year.”
Meanwhile, Canada’s 20-year-old tandem of Tristan Walker (Cochrane, Alta.) and Justin Snith (Calgary) teamed up for a solid ninth-place finish after clocking-in at 1:32.690.
Austria’s Peter Penz and Georg Fischler won the doubles race with a time of 1:31.688. Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt captured the silver medal for Germany with a time of 1:31.837, while Germany’s Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken claimed the bronze at 1:31.952.
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Top-Five Women’s and Canadians Results:
1. Tatiana Ivanova, RUS, 1:32.262; 2. Tatjana Hufner, GER, 1:32.417; 3. Corinna Martini, GER, 1:32.509; 4. Natalie Geisenberger, GER, 1:32.533; 5. Alex Gough, Calgary, CAN, 1:32.549.
Other Canadian Results:
13. Arianne Jones, Calgary, 1:34.325
Top-Five Doubles and Canadian Results:
1.Penz/Fishcler, AUT, 1:31.688; 2. Wendl/Arlt, GER, 1:31.837; 3. Eggert/Benecken, GER, 1:31.952; 4. Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:32.162; 5. Yuzhak/Makhn, RUS, 1:32.22.
9. Tristan Walker, Cochran, Alta./Justin Snith, Calgary, 1:32.690.