Alex Gough slides into the Canadian Olympic record books

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by Paula Nichols

February 11, 2014 (ISN) – Calgary’s Alex Gough made Canadian history on Tuesday night in Sochi, posting this country’s best-ever result in Olympic luge.

The 26-year-old Gough came from behind to finish fourth in a time of 3:21.578. She had been sitting in fifth place after the first two runs on Monday, moving up after the third run earlier on Tuesday.

Alex Gough

Three-time Olympian Gough was joined in the top-five by Olympic rookie Kimberley McRae, 21, who is also from Calgary. A third Calgarian, Arianne Jones, 23, was 13th.

The previous best result by a Canadian female luger at the Olympic Winter Games was Marie-Claude Doyon’s seventh place finish at Calgary 1988. Prior to Gough, Canada’s best-ever Olympic result in any luge event was the fifth place finish by doubles team Eric Pothier and Chris Moffat at Salt Lake City 2002.

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