Canadian lugers win two bronze medals in Germany
Gough, Snith & Walker earn spots on podium
Canada's Alex Gough landed on the podium again at a World Cup luge stop in Konigssee, Germany on Saturday, as she picked up a bronze medal, as did her teammates Justin Snith and Tristan Walker in the doubles event.
Gough, of Calgary, picked up her fourth individual podium result of the season with a combined two-run time of one minute, 40.922 seconds.
“I didn’t have the best first run, but I did put it together on the second run. That has been kind of the theme of the year for me,” Gough said. “But it was such a good day for our team. It’s so exciting and awesome to see that everyone can be there and fantastic to see the doubles team finally do it.”
Germany's Natalie Geisenberger posted a track record en route to a gold medal time of 1:40.591, and her teammate Tatjana Hufner took silver with a time just 0.105 seconds behind.
Kimberley McRae, also of Calgary, finished a career-best fifth place, 0.401 seconds behind Geisenberger, while Arianne Jones was 1.253 seconds off-pace for a 12th place finish.
“My first run was awesome, but I think the nerves may have got to me a bit on the second run," McRae said. "I will learn how to handle that and I don’t think that will take as much time as learning to be consistently in the top-10. Overall I’m thrilled and it is great confidence to know I can be there.”
Gough now has three bronze and one silver medal in six World Cup events this season.
A Canadian 1st
Meanwhile in the doubles event, Calgary's Snith and Walker, of Cochrane, Alta., won the country's first-ever World Cup medal in the doubles discipline.
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Germany's Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl took gold in a combined two-run time of 1:39.956, with fellow countrymen Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken 0.297 seconds behind for silver.
Snith and Walker finished 0.753 seconds off-pace for the bronze medal.
“It is awesome and especially to do it here in Konigssee which is a home-away-from-home for us,” Walker said. “We spend a lot of time here, and it is always the first place we go to after Christmas. I had a feeling when we’d finally do it that it would be either here or in Canada.
"It was pretty tense watching the splits come down the track. Standing in the leaders box it was a feeling of relief and excitement.”