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Gold medal in sight for Canada’s Alex Gough halfway through women’s luge event

February 12, 2018 2:54 PM
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Gough is third after the first two runs with a combined time of one minute 32.645 seconds, just 0.191 seconds behind Germany, in first place.

Calgary’s Alex Gough finds herself in a good position at the midway point of the women’s luge at the Pyeongchang Games.

Gough is third after the first two runs with a combined time of one minute 32.645 seconds. That leaves the Canadian just 0.191 seconds behind leader Natalie Geisenberger of Germany.

“The track is in great condition and I had pretty good runs,” Gough said. “The ice is a little harder for sure but I like it when the ice is hard, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens (Tuesday).

Kimberley McRae, also of Calgary, has more work to do. She’s sixth overall with a combined time of 1:32.788.

“The second run was a little rough on every corner and I definitely lost some time there,” she said. “Sometimes you just get out of rhythm and it’s hard to get back on it, especially if you’re off from the top.

“Every time I come out of (curve) nine I’m just holding my breath because I don’t want to hit that wall. You definitely just have to relax and let the sled go.”

Geisenberger is in prime position to win a second straight Olympic title. But after seeing fellow German star Felix Loch skid midway through the final run of the men’s race and lose his shot at a third consecutive gold medal, she’s fully aware nothing is assured.

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