Huefner snaps Geisenberger’s luge winning streak
OBERHOF, Germany (AP) — Tatjana Huefner of Germany ended teammate Natalie Geisenberger’s season-long winning streak by hanging on to win a luge World Cup and moving into second in the points standings on Saturday.
Huefner’s two-run time was 1 minute, 23.925 seconds, 0.016 seconds ahead of Geisenberger. Germans also finished third and fourth, with Dajana Eitberger and Anke Wischnewski in those spots.
Still, it’s just about inevitable that Geisenberger — a winner in the season’s first six races — will claim her second straight points championship. Her lead in the standings over Huefner is 194 points, with a maximum of 200 left to be earned in the season’s last two World Cups before the Sochi Olympics.
Canada’s Alex Gough, who had a tiny mathematical chance of catching Geisenberger entering the weekend, was fifth. Only Geisenberger and Huefner remain in the running for the season crown.
This will be the 16th straight season that a German woman has captured the points title, and the 26th time in 36 years overall.
The men’s singles race is scheduled for Sunday.
In doubles, the German duo of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken posted the fastest time in both heats, winning in 1:23.212. They were 0.379 seconds better than fellow Germans Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt.
Wendl and Arlt could still wrap up the overall season points title next weekend in Altenberg, the next-to-last stop on tour before Sochi.
Russia’s Vladislav Yuzhakov and Vladimir Makhnutin were third, another 0.018 seconds back.