Justin Piercy - Tuesday Feb. 11, 2014 13:37 ET

Alex Gough finishes 4th in women's luge

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger takes gold, Canada's Kim McRae 5th

Canada's Alex Gough

Canada's Alex Gough finished just off the podium in women's luge. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Canada's Alex Gough came up just short in her quest for an Olympic medal in women’s luge on Tuesday.

Gough finished in fourth, 0.433 seconds behind American Erin Hamlin, who took the bronze medal at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rzhanaya Polyana.

"I had great runs today and I knew it was going to be a long shot,”the 26-year-old slider from Calgary said. “It was tough to make a mistake on the first run, I knew I was going to have to fight back from that."

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger captured gold with a combined time of 3:19.768, while defending Olympic champion Tatjana Hüfner finished with a silver medal, 1.139 seconds behind her German teammate.

Geisenberger was the only slider to travel down the icy chute in under 50 seconds over the entire competition, setting a track record of 49.765 in her third run.

Looking for a Canadian 1st

Gough finished with a combined four-run time of 3:21.578, and was unable to win Canada's first medal in the sport.

However, her fourth place set a new Canadian-best finish, which she hopes to improve upon as part of the Canadian squad in the team relay event, which starts on Thursday.

"I'm happy to have been here, I just wish I had done a bit better,” Gough said. “I'm going to come out and give my best for the team relay, that's always our best event."

Calgary's Kimberly McRae, who said she was aiming for a top-10 finish, was happy with her performance after posting a combined time of 3:21.895 for fifth place.

"Putting down consistent runs worked so well for me," McRae said. "Now I'm going to keep working hard. I have a long summer ahead and we'll see what happens next year."

Arianne Jones, also of Calgary, finished with a time of 3:23.183 for 13th place.

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