LUGE: Geisenberger still perfect after Whistler World Cup

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger (Photo: Wikipedia)

Germany’s Olympic and World Champion Natalie Geisenberger continued to dominate the women’s World Cup circuit, winning her third race in a row, this time in Whistler (CAN), to stay perfect on the season.

She won both runs to beat teammate Julia Taubitz (GER) by a couple of tenths, and extend a remarkable streak of winning a medal in 22 straight World Cup races. That stretches across three seasons now; the last time she didn’t finish in the top three was during the 2016-17 season! Taubitz has now finished second in all three races this season.

After finishing third in the standard run at Innsbruck, 2017 World Champion Wolfgang Kindl is back in form, winning the race in Whistler to go along with his Sprint win in Innsbruck. Six-time World Cup champion Felix Loch (GER) was second in Whistler for his second medal of the season.

The annual stopover for the Luge World Cup in Canada and the United States continues with racing in Whistler, followed by stops in Calgary and Lake Placid. Summaries:

FIL World Cup
Whistler (CAN) ~ 30 November-1 December 2018
(Full results here)

Men’s Singles: 1. Wolfgang Kindl (AUT), 1:39.774; 2. Felix Loch (GER), 1:39.873; 3. Reinhard Egger (AUT), 1:39.901; 4. Semen Pavilchenko (RUS), 1:39.902; 5. Johannes Ludwig (GER), 1:39.953. Also in the top 25: 6. Chris Mazdzer (USA), 1:40.018; … 13. Jonathan Gustafson (USA), 1:40.269; … 19. Tucker West (USA), 1:40.548.

Men’s Doubles: 1. Toni Eggert/Sascha Benecken (GER), 1:16.691; 2. Robin Geuke/David Gamm (GER), 1:16.710; 3. Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt (GER), 1:16.720; 4. Thomas Steu/Loren Koiller (AUT), 1:16.874; 5. Tristan Walker/Justin Snith (CAN), 1:16.875. Also: 7. Chris Mazdzer/Jayson Terdiman (USA), 1:16.950.

Women’s Singles: 1. Natalie Geisenberger (GER), 1:16.904; 2. Julia Taubitz (GER), 1:17.195; 3. Emily Sweeney (USA), 1:17.321; 4. tie, Eliza Cauce (LAT) and Tatjana Huebner (GER), 1:17.353. Also in the top 25: 15. Raychel Germaine (USA), 1:17.750; 16. Summer Britcher (USA), . 1:17.773.

Team Relay: 1. Russia (Ivanova, Pavilchenko, Kashkin/Korshunov ), 2:04.124; 2. Germany, 2:04.214; 3. Canada, 2:04.413; 4. Italy, 2:04.553; 5. Latvia, 2:04.649. Also: 6. United States (Sweeney, Gustafson, Mazdzer/Terdiman), 2:04.684.