January 29, 2011
Canadian Gough makes luge history
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
CESANA, Italy — Alex Gough has made history again, this time winning Canada’s first medal in the luge world championships.
The Calgary slider posted a two-run time of 1:34.413 to capture the bronze medal Saturday for her fourth podium finish this season — all third-place spots as German women continue to dominate.
Gough emerged as a contender in 2009 by breaking into the world’s top 10, and she had a then-historic fourth-place finish that year at the World Championship in Lake Placid, N.Y.
“I think this is some sweet redemption. I was so close at the last World Championships, but especially after last year with the disappointment around everything at the Olympics. It is nice to follow up such a great year with a podium here,” said Gough.
“This track is a lot like Whistler. It is very fast and has some tricky points. I have a lot of fun sliding on it.”
The 23-year-old became Canada’s first multi-medallist in luge this season, getting her first bronze in Winterberg, Germany, and adding podiums in Park City, Utah and Konigsee, Germany.
“I am so excited for our sport and what this means to all of us,” said Gough. “It is pretty cool to become the first Canadian to win a medal at Worlds, but I’m more happy for everyone involved. A lot of people have worked very hard to help get me to this point.”
The Cesana track is where the made her Olympic debut in 2006.
added a new chapter to the Canadian sport history books as the first Canadian ever to win a medal at the Luge World Championships when she slid to the bronze on Saturday in Cesana, Italy.
“It feels so good and I’m absolutely pumped to finish third,” said Gough. “I have been sliding well all week and I had the confidence that I knew I can be there on the podium. I love this track. It is fast and fun and this is just a very proud moment for me and the program.”
Germany’s Tatjana Hufner won the gold with a time of 1:33.969, while Natalie Geisenberger, also of Germany claimed the silver with a time of 1:34.243.
Canadian rookie Arianne Jones of Calgary finished 13th with a time of 1:35.548.
Calgary’s Sam Edney was the top Canadian male in 16th spot at 1:44.743. Calgary’s Jeff Christie was 18th with a time of 1:44.802, while Brendan Hauptmann, of Kimberley, B.C. placed 22nd at 1:44.981.
Italy’s Armin Zoggeler won the men’s race with a time of 1:43.538.