According to the International Luge Federation on Saturday, Alex Gough of Calgary, Alberta won the bronze medal in a World Cup women’s luge competition in Igls, Austria. Gough has now won 21 World Cup medals in women’s singles luge dating back to her first World Cup podium finish which was a bronze medal in Winterberg, Germany in 2010.
Gough posted a time of 1:20.017 seconds in Igls to take the third place spot. She was .092 seconds faster than fourth place finisher than Tatjana Huefner of Germany and also successfully prevented a German sweep. Dajana Eltberger of Germany won the gold medal with a time of 1:19.795. Natale Geisenberger of Germany won the silver medal with a time of 1:20.009.
There is no question that the Germans are the super power in luge, and any time a female luger from another country gets on the podium, it is rather significant. For Gough, she has been able to generate great success in World Cup luge in recent years despite the fact that Canada does not have a rich history in the sliding sport. Still, it was considered a minor surprise that Gough was unable to reach the podium at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in the singles and relay as she finished in fourth place both times.
Gough will next be scheduled to compete in Lake Placid, New York this weekend. Gough will now try and use the World Cup bronze medal she won in Austria as confidence as she prepares for a stronger result at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.