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Russia's Tatiana Ivanova cruises to victory at World Cup luge in Whistler

Russia's Tatiana Ivanova had the fastest time in both heats and was an easy winner Friday in a women's World Cup luge race in Whistler, B.C.

Calgary native Carolyn Maxwell top Canadian in women's event

Russia's Tatiana Ivanova, seen above in 2016, posted the fastest time in both heats to finish at the top of the podium in the women's race at the World Cup luge event in Whistler, B.C., on Friday. (Roman Koksarov/Associated Press)

Russia's Tatiana Ivanova had the fastest time in both heats and was an easy winner Friday in a women's World Cup luge race in Whistler, B.C.

Germany's Anna Berreiter was second and Russia's Viktoriia Demchenko took third. Germany's Julia Taubitz was fourth, good enough to keep her spot atop the World Cup overall standings.

Carolyn Maxwell of Calgary was the top Canadian in the field with a 12th-place finish.

Emily Sweeney was the top U.S. finisher, placing seventh. Summer Britcher of the U.S. struggled in her first run and finished last in a 28-racer field, yet remained third in the season long standings — two spots ahead of Sweeney.

WATCH | Ivanova strikes gold in Whistler:

Tatyana Ivanova captured her second World Cup victory of the 2019-2020 season by winning gold at the FIL Luge World Cup in Whistler, B.C. 2:39

In the men's race later Friday, Russia's Roman Repilov rallied in the second heat to hold off Germany's Felix Loch for the win.

Italy's Dominik Fischnaller was third and first-heat leader Johannes Ludwig of Germany slipped to fourth.

Reid Watts led Canada by finishing 21st, while Tucker West was the top American, placing eighth.

WATCH| Reid Watts disappointed with result in Whistler:

CBC Sports' Rob Pizzo spoke with Canadian luger Reid Watts after his disappointing finish at his home track in Whistler, B.C. 1:30

CBC Sports' live coverage continues with the men's event on Friday night with runs set for 7:30 p.m. ET and 9:05 p.m. ET.

Return on Saturday for the doubles event (3:45 p.m. ET, 5:05 p.m. ET) and the sprint competitions.

Canadian teens Caitlin Nash and Natalie Corless are set to make history as the first women's entry ever to compete in a World Cup doubles competition. 

For more luge coverage, tune into Road to the Olympic Games on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.

With files from CBC Sports

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