Ivanova wins World Cup luge race, Britcher medals again


The Malta Independent on Sunday - - SPORT -

Rus­sia's Tatyana Ivanova had the fastest time in both heat­syester to win a women's World Cup luge race, up­set­ting Ger­man star and Olympic cham­pion Natalie Geisen­berger.

Sum­mer Britcher of the U.S. was third, her fifth medal of the sea­son and mark­ing the fifth con­sec­u­tive rac­ing week­end that USA Luge has left a World Cup with at least one medal.

Ivanova fin­ished her two runs in 1 minute, 24.336 sec­onds. Geisen­berger was clocked in 1:24.464 and Britcher fin­ished in 1:24.686 — just four-thou- sandths ahead of Italy's An­drea Voet­ter. Also for the U.S., Brit­tney Arndt was 16th. The U.S. was with­out Emily Sweeney, who skipped the week to train in Ger­many for the up­com­ing world cham­pi­onships.

Britcher be­came the third woman to medal in three sin­gles events this sea­son, join­ing only Geisen­berger and Ger­many's Julia Taub­itz. Britcher has two sil­vers and a bronze in sin­gles, along with an­other silver and a bronze from team re­lays.

In dou­bles ear­lier Sat­ur­day, the Ger­man duo of Toni Eg­gert and Sascha Be­necken got their fifth win of the sea­son, deny­ing host Latvia what could have been the coun­try's first World Cup luge gold medal.

Eg­gert and Be­necken fin­ished their two runs in 1 minute, 24.119 sec­onds. Latvia took silver and bronze, with Oskars Gu­dramovics and Pe­teris Kal­nins fin­ish­ing sec­ond in 1:24.498 and An­dris Sics and Juris Sics third in 1:24.588.

Those were the first two World Cup luge medals of the sea­son for Latvia.

Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdi­man were 11th for the U.S.

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