Alex Gough 5th at midway point of women's luge
Germany's Natalie Geisenberger sets Sochi track record
Canadian medal hopeful Alex Gough is in fifth place at the halfway point of the women's luge event at the Sanki Sliding Center in Krasnaya Polyana.
The 26-year-old slider from Calgary posted a combined two-run time of one minute, 40.866 seconds on Monday, 1.052 seconds back of leader Natalie Geisenberger.
"I made a mistake in the first run," Gough said. "I hit the wall and it's tough to make a mistake and come back, but that's what I'll try and do tomorrow, hope for two good runs.
"I'm going keep fighting for it, and hopefully work my way back into [medal] contention."
Gough and her teammate Kimberly McRae, who is sixth, are still in the mix for a medal finish, but Geisenberger has a tight grasp on gold with two runs remaining.
The German led the overall World Cup women's standings this season and continued her dominance by putting down a track record time of 49.891 on her first run, and boasts a combined time of 1:39.814.
She posted the only runs under 50 seconds, but Geisenberger isn't quite satisfied yet.
"The first run was good but the second was not so good," she said. "My lead is comfortable and I feel calm, but there could be many mistakes tomorrow."
Geisenberger’s teammate Tajana Huefner (1:40.580) is in second place, while Erin Hamlin of the United States (1:40.632) is currently third.
Gough finished second overall in the World Cup this season and is aiming to win Canada's first-ever Olympic medal in women's luge.
Calgary's McRae had an impressive first Olympic appearance, sitting behind Gough in sixth place with a combined time of 1:40.919.
"I'm feeling really good about it," McRae said. "If I have the same two runs tomorrow, I will be very happy."
Arianne Jones, also of Calgary, is 13th with two-run time of 1:41.830.
The final two runs of the event are scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday.