Glen Rock's Summer Britcher finishes 18th in luge race


Glen Rock's Summer Britcher struggled to an 18th-place finish on Thursday in a World Cup women's singles luge race in Koenigssee, Germany.

The event was held in a Bavarian snow storm in near whiteout conditions.

She finished in 52.166 seconds. The 2014 Olympic team member is ninth in the World Cup season standings.

Glen Rock's Summer Britcher finished seventh Sunday in a World Cup women's singles sprint luge race in Latvia.

Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger continued the German success on her home track by winning the women’s race and European title. The competition was ended early because of heavy snowfall. Geisenberger’s first-run time of 51.178 was enough to beat Tatyana Ivanova of Russia by 0.151. Another German, Tatjana Huefner, was third, 0.255 behind.

USA Luge had two sliders in the top 10 of the women’s race, with Emily Sweeney finishing eighth and two spots ahead of Erin Hamlin. Geisenberger overtook Huefner in the overall standings and was leading by 12 points after seven races.