LUGE Preview: Geisenberger’s streak on the line in Konigssee

The famed luge track at Konigssee, Germany (Photo: G. Pasak via Wikipedia)

The FIL World Cup season passes the halfway mark in Konigssee (GER) this weekend, with Germany’s Olympic women’s champion, Natalie Geisenberger putting her streak of 25 consecutive World Cup races with a medal on the line.

She’s been dominant, but that describes Germany this season. The standings:

Men’s Singles:
1. 420 Johannes Ludwig (GER) ~ 1 win this season
2. 370 Wolfgang Kindl (AUT) ~ 3 wins
3. 362 Felix Loch (GER)
4. 358 Roman Repilov (RUS) ~ 2 wins
5. 323 David Gleirscher (AUT)

Men’s Doubles:
1. 525 Toni Eggert/Sascha Benecken (GER) ~ 3 wins
2. 446 Thomas Steu/Lorenz Koller (AUT) ~ 2 wins
3. 431 Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt (GER) ~ 1 win
4. 321 Andris Sics/Juris Sics (LAT)
5. 311 Vladislav Yuzhakov/Iurii Prokhorov (RUS)
6. 311 Chris Mazdzer/Jayson Terdiman (USA)

Women’s Singles:
1. 570 Natalie Geisenberger (GER) ~ 4 wins
2. 495 Julia Taubitz (GER) ~ 1 win
3. 330 Summer Britcher (USA)
4. 320 Dajana Eitberger (GER) ~ 1 win
5. 274 Tatiana Ivanova (RUS)

In her six races, Geisenberger has won four times and been second twice. Britcher has won one silver medal and Emily Sweeney has won a bronze for the U.S. thus far. Mazdzer and Terdiman won a silver in the Sprint race at Lake Placid for the only U.S. men’s medal of the season.

Some 150 lugers from 20 countries are expected at the famed Konigssee track, which is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2019. It’s reported to be the oldest artificial sliding track in the world and this will be the 35th FIL World Cup event to be held there. Look for results here.