From Whistler, CAN
It’s been a strange week in Whistler. After a major snowstorm held up the truck carrying the tour’s sleds from Lake Placid, teams finally got their equipment on Friday. After a full day of training, and then even more snow in the afternoon, the women’s one-heat run finally happened under a heavy and steady snowfall.
Despite the snow, Whistler Sliding Center was fast and the track record coming into the race was under assault early. American Raychel Germaine was the first woman to break the track record with a 39.076. That time continued to fall until Alex Gough’s 38.796 set the pace for the remainder of the event. The top 12 broke the 39.192 former track record set by Victoria Demchenko set in 2014.
Gough took gold in the one heat race, ahead of German Natalie Geisenberger. Geisenberger finished just .002 ahead of teammate Tatjana Hüfner, who finished in the bronze medal position.
American Emily Sweeney finished fourth, ahead of German Dajana Eitberger and American Erin Hamlin, who rounded out the top six.
It was a successful night all around for the United States. Despite not finishing with a top-three, Summer Britcher finished seventh and Germaine 11th, with all four American women finishing under the former track record.