Martini wins on home ice
Corinna Martini made the most of home advantage as she celebrated her first FIL Luge World Cup victory in Winterberg, Germany.
The 2010 European runner-up hails from Winterberg and used it to her advantage as she pipped compatriot and Olympic champion Tatjana Hufner to victory with a combined time of one minute 54.543 seconds.
Hufner had to settle for second, 0.167 seconds behind, while Olympic bronze medallist Natalie Geisenberger made sure there was a German on every step of the podium as she took third.
Despite failing to top the podium in Winterberg Hufner increased her lead at the top of teh overall World Cup standings as she now sits on 540 points having finished no lower than second in the six events so far.
Geisenberger is second on 465 points while Canada’s Alex Gough is a further 50 behind.
And there was more joy for Germany as they claimed the team relay title with a round to go with victory in Winterberg.
The team of Anke Wischnewski, Felix Loch, Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt clocked a time of 2:26.956 minutes to pip USA to gold, while Latvia claimed bronze.
That moved Germany on to 470 points and cannot be caught with just one final round left, although silver and bronze are still up for grabs in Latvia.