Gough ends 12-year German streak
Canada’s Alex Gough upset the applecart at the penultimate Luge World Cup event in Russia taking women’s gold to end a 13-year run of 105 successive German victories.
Gough claimed world bronze on her last outing in Italy at the end of January and improved two places to first in Paramonovo – clocking a time of 1:33.536 minutes from her two runs.
Not since November 1997 has anyone but a German topped the World Cup podium with Gough comfortably edging Carina Schwab and Natalie Geisenberger in to second and third respectively.
“I still can’t believe it,” said two-time Olympian Gough. “I always knew that this winning series would come to an end one day but I never thought that I would be the one to do it.”
Schwab and Geisenberger’s German teammate and Olympic and world champion Tatjana Huefner led after the first run but a poor second outing demoted her to fourth.
It is only the second time this season that Huefner hasn’t topped the podium but it was still enough to see her become the first woman to win the overall World Cup title four times in a row.
“For many it is a great feat that I have claimed the overall World Cup victory for the fourth time in a row,” said Huefner. “But to be honest I’m not really the type for statistics.”