Geisenberger denies Huefner in Latvia
World and Olympic champion Tatjana Huefner will have to keep the champagne on ice a little longer after fellow German Natalie Geisenberger claimed FIL luge World Cup gold in Sigulda, Latvia.
In the eighth and penultimate round of the World Cup series, Geisenberger scorched to her third victory of the season and her career tenth, clocking an overall time of 1:25.884 minutes.
And with Huefner, who recently celebrated her fourth world title, only finishing tenth, Geisenberger believes she has laid down a marker ahead of the 2015 World Championships, set to be held on the same Latvian track.
"We made a change on the sled, a decisive change. And that paid off. It's quite comforting with the 2015 World Championships in Sigulda in mind,” said Geisenberger.
With Huefner finishing down in tenth spot, another German Anke Wischnewski claimed silver, 0.143 seconds behind, while 2009 world champion Erin Hamlin of the USA was a further 0.14 off the pace.
Huefner still holds the overall lead going into the final World Cup meet in Russia next weekend however, with 676 points while second-placed Geisenberger has now trimmed the gap the gap to 26.
But she believes that gap is too wide to close in one meeting but with the season-ending World Cup in Russia also serving as the European Championships, she insists there’s plenty still to play for.
“As far as I can see, I don't have such a big chance to win the overall World Cup because the gap is simply too large,” she added. “I'll rather concentrate on the upcoming European Championship."