February 8, 2013
Alex Gough earns another bronze in luge
By QMI Agency

Alex Gough of Canada finished on the podium for the second straight week, sliding to the bronze medal in the World Cup luge event Friday in lake Placid, N.Y.

The medal was the 10th on the World Cup circuit for Gough, who also grabbed the bronze medal at the world championship last weekend in Whistler, B.C.

The 25-year-old from Calgary finished in one minute, 28.748 seconds. Natalie Geisenberg of Germany won the race in 1:28.811 while American Julia Clukey was second in 1:28.735.

"It definitely was a good day," Gough said. "I had two solid runs and I am really happy with how things went. I have been working on my consistency all year. I feel like I am a lot more calm with how I handle things, and that helped me today."

Kimberley McRae of Calgary was 12th (1:29.923), Arianne Jones of Calgary finished 13th (1:29.959), and rookie Jordan Smith of Calgary was 19th in 1:31.136.

In the men's doubles race, Tristan Walker of Cochrane, Alta., and Justin Snith of Calgary finished a career-best fourth for the second straight week after clocking a two-run time of 1:28.570 in their first World Cup in Lake Placid.

"To be honest I was not expecting this at all," Walker said. "This is one of the toughest doubles tracks in the world, and we had a really rough week in training. These were the only decent runs we had all week."

Germany's Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won for the second straight week.


CANADIAN TAKES LEAD

Caroline Calve of Lachine, Que., took over top spot in the World Cup snowboard parallel giant slalom standings by finishing fourth Friday in Rogla, Slovenia.

Calve finished behind winner Ekaterina Tudegesheva of Russia, runner-up Nicolien Sauerbreij of the Netherlands and bronze medallist Claudia Riegler of Austria but finished high enough to take over the Yellow Bib, given to the overall points leader.

"I was kind of bummed that I didn't step on the podium today and that I came so close and I could have been there," Calve said. "But I got rewarded with the Yellow Bib. I'm the points leader for GS. That's the first time that that's happened to me so I'm really happy. When I made the top four, I thought I could actually win the bib so I'm stoked.

"What's great about that is our next race is in Sochi, so I go into Sochi with the Yellow Bib. I think it's a great sign for next year."

In the men's race, Olympic champion Jasey-Jay Anderson of Lac-Superieur, Que., and Toronto's Michael Lambert tied for 26th place.


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