Glen Rock's Summer Britcher earns pair of top-six finishes in World Cup luge action

  • Glen Rock's Summer Britcher earned a pair of top-six World Cup luge finishes over the weekend.
  • It was the opening weekend of the new World Cup luge season. The races were held in Austria.
  • Britcher was sixth in Saturday's event, and then finished fourth in Sunday's sprint race.

Glen Rock’s Summer Britcher earned a pair of top-six finishes during the opening weekend of World Cup luge action in Innsbruck, Austria.

Summer Britcher. FILE PHOTO

The two-time Olympian finished fourth in women’s sprint action on Sunday, missing a medal in the event by about one-sixth of a second.

On Saturday, in the opening race of the World Cup season, the Susquehannock High School graduate earned a sixth-place finish. She was the top American finisher during each race.

The American’s start speed was faster than the three racers who finished ahead of her during the sprint event.

Britcher is coming off a third-place overall finish in last year's season-long World Cup chase. She is tied for fourth overall after the first two events of the new World Cup campaign.

Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger finished first in both races and Germany swept the women’s medals on both days. Geisenberger is aiming to become the second slider to win seven straight World Cup luge overall titles.

The series shifts to North America next weekend, with racing on the 2010 Vancouver Olympics track in Whistler, British Columbia, on Friday and Saturday.