Luge

The Associated Press - Sunday Jan. 19, 2014 10:41 ET

Alex Gough earns 2 silver medals at World Cup luge event in Germany

Teammate Kimberley McRae wins bronze

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Winner Natalie Geisenberger of Germany, center, celebrates besides the second placed Alex Gough of Canada, left, and the third placed Kimberley McRae of Canada, right, on the podium after the women luge World Cup race in Altenberg, Germany., on Sunday. (Jens Meyer/Associated Press)
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Canada's Alex Gough won a pair of silver medals while Kimberley McRae added a bronze at a World Cup women's luge event Sunday.

The Calgary native finished second, 0.674 seconds behind Germany's Natalie Geisenberger (one minute 46.332 seconds), who captured the World Cup championship for the second straight year.

McRae, also of Calgary, trailed Gough by 0.024 seconds.

It was Geisenberger's seventh win in eight races on the circuit this season. Her teammates Tatjana Huefner and Dajana Eitberger were fourth and fifth.

This is the seventh consecutive year that Geisenberger finished ranked in the top three on tour and the 16th straight year in which a German woman won the season-long title. Geisenberger is also the sixth woman to win back-to-back World Cup titles and the ninth woman with multiple championships overall.

"They all tell me that I'm the top favourite to win the gold medal at the games," Geisenberger said. "However, my aim is to claim a medal. The pressure is high enough and I don't need to put myself under even more pressure."

In the team relay, Russia finished first, followed by Canada in second — with Gough getting her second silver of the day by being part of the effort there — and Germany took third.

Germans swept all three disciplines in the World Cup this season, with Felix Loch taking the men's crown and the team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt winning the doubles points championship. Germany also finished with the most ranking points in team relays.

 

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