Germans dominate women's, men's doubles luge World Cup events
Canadian Alex Gough 5th
Overall leader Natalie Geisenberger led a German sweep of the top four places to post her fourth World Cup victory of the season on Saturday in Oberhof, Germany.
Germans also won the men's doubles, with Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken ending the five-race winning streak of compatriots Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arl. Austria's Peter Penz-Georg Fischler claimed the bronze medal.
The races also counted as the European Championships.
Geisenberger left Tatjana Huefner, Anke Wischnewski and Dajana Eitberger behind, beating Huefner by 0.187 seconds.
Wendl and Arl remain overwhelming leaders in the overall doubles standings at 585 points, ahead of Eggert-Benecken (467) and Penz-Fischler on second and third place, respectively.
Canadians finish strong
Calgary's Alex Gough finished fifth after clocking a two-run time of 1:24.134 on a highly-technical track.
"We have to be happy with this. It was a solid performance and as there was not much more room to improve today," said Wolfgang Staudinger, head coach of the Canadian Luge Team.
It was a solid day for the four Canadian women who combined to finish as the next strongest nation behind the Germans.
Calgarians Dayna Clay was 13th (1:24.994); Kim McRae placed 17th (1:25.098) and Arianne Jones slid into 18th spot at 1:25.133.
"This is a very demanding and technical track and I think we maximized our potential here this week," said Staudinger. "This schedule with five of nine races on German tracks makes it very difficult for the rest of the world, but we can’t make excuses. We have to deal with it."
Canada’s doubles team did not race on Saturday as Tristan Walker suffered a minor injury in a training run. Calgary’s Sam Edney will suit up in the men’s singles race on Sunday.
With files from CBCSports.ca