Canada's Alex Gough 3rd in World Cup luge event
Calgary native also won bronze at world championships last week in Whistler, B.C.
Germany's Natalie Geisenberger clinched the overall luge World Cup title by beating American Julia Clukey by 0.295 seconds Friday at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Geisenberger won her first women's world championship Saturday at Whistler, British Columbia, after four straight years as runner-up. And she celebrated her 25th birthday on Wednesday.
Canadian Alex Gough was third. She was also third in women's singles at the world championship last week in Whistler.
Geisenberger had the two fastest times of the day finish with a time of 1 minute and 28.440 seconds. Clukey, from Augusta, Maine, earned her first finish on the podium of a World Cup with a time of 1:28.735 and Gough had a combined time of 1:28.748.
Clukey's silver-medal performance was the best finish by an American since teammate Erin Hamlin won the 2009 world championship at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
Earlier in the day, world champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt of Germany wrapped up the luge World Cup doubles title with a victory.
Wendl and Arlt completed the two runs in combined time of 1 minute, 28.256 seconds to finish 0.131 seconds ahead of Peter Penz and Georg Fischler of Austria. The Italian team of Christain Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber was third.
It was the sixth victory in eight World Cup events this season for Wendl and Arlt. They captured the world championship title last weekend at Whistler, British Columbia. Wendl and Arlt were the World Cup winners in 2010-11.
Wendl and Arlt were able to lock up their second championship when their German teammates, Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken, finished seventh. Eggert and Benecken needed to finish third or better to stay in contention for the title at the final event at Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 23-24.
"We didn't expect to win the overall World Cup here in Lake Placid," Arlt said. "It's a hard track and very difficult for all teams because we don't have many runs here. We are very happy about the win and winning the overall."
Wendl and Arlt crashed during training earlier in the week and did not take the final two of the six available runs. Wendl cut his chin, and their sled was damaged in the mishap. Despite those problems, they had the fastest run in the first heat, 44.155 seconds and the second-fastest in the final run, 44.101 seconds.
"It was a really hard race today," Wendl said. "The conditions were not so good, the track was bumpy and for doubles this is one of the hardest tracks in the world. They weren't perfect runs, but they were OK runs and that was the way to win."
Wendl and Arlt captured the world championship title last weekend on the 2010 Olympic track at Whistler, British Columbia.