alex gough

—Tristan Walker and Justin Snith slide to 18th in doubles action—


SIGULDA, Lat.—Canada’s Alex Gough struggled to find the fast line while placing eighth on a luge track in Sigulda, Latvia she has not particularly fancied throughout her career.

The 28-year-old veteran posted the sixth fastest time in her opening run, but then dropped two spots in her final descent, clocking a two-run time of 1:24.331, as the World Cup resumed on Saturday.

“I felt pretty good going in, but just couldn’t put two good ones together,” said Gough. “I made a couple of small mistakes in both runs that cost me.”

Calgary’s Kim McRae picked up three spots in her final run to finish 12th at 1:24.691. Arianne Jones, also of Calgary, was 22nd with a time of 1:26.429.

“It was a tough day all around for the Canadians,” added Gough. “Sigulda is a challenging, driving track but when you get it it’s a fun ride. However, little mistakes can really cost you here.”

Russia’s Tatiana Ivanova finished on top with a time of 1:23.634. Germany’s Tatjana Huefner was second at 1:23.731, while her teammate Natalie Geisenberger slid to the bronze medal with a time of 1:23.766.

Canada’s doubles tandem of Tristan Walker and Justin Snith also struggled in Sigulda. Walker, of Cochrane, Alta., and Calgary’s Snith teamed up to post a time of 1:27.036.

Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt clocked a golden time of 1:23.642. Latvia’s Oskars Gudramovics and Peteris Kalnins were second at 1:23.980, while Austrians Peter Penz and Georg Fischler slid to the bronze medal step of the podium with a time of 1:24.013.

The World Cup continues on Sunday in Latvia with the men’s singles race.