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Canadian Gough wins 2nd straight bronze at luge World Cup

12/01/2012 12:15 EST | Updated 01/31/2013 05:12 EST
Canadian Alex Gough finished third in the women's second Wold Cup luge event on Saturday in Konigssee, Germany for her second straight bronze medal of the tournament.

The Calgary native finished with a two-run time of 1:41.601, behind Germans Natalie Geisenberger (1:41.450) and Tatjana Hufner (1:41.481).

"I have been sick all week, and was just trying to get through that and then pull good starts and have two consistent runs today," said Gough. "There is a dead flat start on this track which definitely plays to a German advantage, but I did my job of reaching my potential today. I'm happy to be on the podium again."

Gough, who also finished third last year in Konigssee, was the only non-German luger in the top five of the event.

"I don't want to be stuck in third pace all the time, but I think it's going to be tough to break out of that on this major tour through Germany that we are doing," she said. "Today — this track is Natalie's bread and butter. I do believe this shows how far we have come because not long ago we were thrilled with getting on the podium. I know it is going to come, I just need to keep working hard."

Arianne Jones of Calgary was 13th with a time of 1:43.288, while fellow Calgarian Jordan Smith was 16th (1:43.618).

The Canadian men's doubles team of Tristan Walker, of Cochrane, Alta., and Calgary's Justin Snith finished seventh with a combined time of 1:42.382.

Germany dominated the doubles for the second consecutive week with Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt leading the race with a time of 1:40.977, while Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won silver after a combined 1:41.392.

Austria's Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger rounded the podium with a time of 1:41.966.

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