From Sigulda, LAT
Natalie Geisenberger won her third race of the season, and second in a row, in Latvia. Unlike her teammates in doubles luge, Geisenberger never had the quickest time, putting down the second fastest in each heat on her way to a gold medal.
Geisenberger’s teammate, Tatjana Hüfner, did put down a heat-fastest run in the second run to move from third to second, just ahead of Tatyana Ivanova. Ivanova struggled in her second heat and made a big mistake halfway down the Latvian track. The Russian couldn’t make up the time, and fell back to third overall after two runs to win bronze.
Victoria Demchenko finished fourth as she continued her comeback, having missed the first part of the season due to injury, while Kimberley McRae was the top-scoring North American in fifth. Birgit Platzer rounded out the top six with a sixth place run.
The United States didn’t necessarily “struggle” in Latvia, with three of the for American women finishing just outside of the top six. Summer Britcher led the way in seventh, with Erin Hamlin and Emily Sweeney right behind her in eighth and ninth. Raychel Germaine finished 23rd after having trouble in her second run.
Alex Gough of Canada finished 13th, just behind the two Latvians. Both Eliza Cauce and Ulla Zirne struggled to find speed on their home ice, and neither could work their way into the top ten.
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