Glen Rock's Britcher 9th in luge race
Glen Rock's Summer Britcher finished ninth on Sunday in women’s singles action at the Viessmann World Cup luge program in Altenberg, Germany.
Britcher finished her two runs in 1 minute, 47.005 seconds and is currently in fourth place in the overall World Cup luge standings with 684 points.
Britcher led the overall World Cup standings earlier this season. She finished 15th in the luge at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Sochi Olympic bronze medalist and 2009 world champion Erin Hamlin rallied from 12th place in the opening run with the third-best second run and finished sixth. Hamlin is also an American.
Olympic gold and bronze medalist, Natalie Geisenberger, of Germany, started 24th and stood eighth at the break. She, too, stormed up the results list and landed in fourth place. With 810 overall World Cup points, Geisenberger has clinched her fourth World Cup championship. She mathematically cannot be caught with just one race remaining.
Hamlin is in third place. She started Sunday just two spots ahead of the German.
The women’s singles race nearly got away from the home team. Geisenberger’s training was limited after a mid-week crash that left her with a sore neck. Tatiana Huefner and Dajana Eitberger were third and fourth, respectively, after one heat, as Latvia’s Elisa Cauce took the lead, followed by Russian Tatjana Ivanova.
Huefner, the 2010 Olympic champion, Sochi silver medalist and four-time world champion, staged a final heat rally that overtook the field, dropping Cauce to second and Ivanova to third. The gold medal enabled the 33-year-old Huefner to finally annex a European title as the Altenberg races doubled as the continental championships.
Huefner’s total time was 1:46.379 seconds.
Another American, Emily Sweeney, wound up 12th in 1:47.243 and is eighth ranked with 498 World Cup points.
The World Cup tour now moves to the finals in Winterberg next weekend.