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Britcher is top U.S. luge finisher in World Cup race

STAFF REPORT
  • Glen Rock's Summer Britcher was the top American female finisher on Sunday in a World Cup luge race.
  • Britcher is in eighth place in the season-long World Cup luge rankings.
  • Germany's Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner finished first and second, respectively, Sunday.

Glen Rock's Summer Britcher was the top American female finisher on Sunday in a World Cup women's luge race in Oberhof, Germany.

Britcher finished with a combined, two-run time of 1 minute, 22.960 seconds. Britcher was fourth after her first run of 41.488 seconds, but her second run of 41.472 was 12th best, leaving her in seventh overall for the two runs.

Summer Britcher

Britcher has raced solidly this season despite a shoulder issue that popped up in November. The under-23 world champion and Sochi Olympian, however, found it difficult matching her first-run success.

American Erin Hamlin took eighth.

At the very top of the standings, Germans Natalie Geisenberger and Tatjana Huefner waged an intense battle, but World Cup leader Geisenberger earned the victory by 0.001 of a second. Geisenberger finished in 1:22.388. Russian Tatyana Ivanova was third.

Hamlin remains in third place in the overall World Cup rankings. Britcher is eighth in the season-long tour standings. American Emily Sweeney took 12th in Sunday's race and is fifth in the overall World Cup standings.