Kate Hansen gives the US its first World Cup luge win since 1997, taking series finale
January 25, 2014 6:05 PM
United States' Kate Hansen reacts after winning the women's race at the Luge World Cup event in Sigulda, Latvia, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.
United States' Kate Hansen speeds down the track of a women's race at the Luge World Cup event in Sigulda, Latvia, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Hansen won the event.
SIGULDA, Latvia (AP) — Kate Hansen has become the first American in nearly 17 years to win a World Cup singles luge race, prevailing Saturday at the season finale in Latvia.
Hansen’s two-run time was 1 minute, 23.976 seconds, which included a track record in her second and victory-clinching heat. Alex Gough of Canada was second, Natalia Khoreva of Russia took third and Erin Hamlin of the U.S. finished fourth.
Hansen is the first World Cup winner for USA Luge since Cameron Myler, also at Sigulda in 1997.
It was the first time since 1988 that no German medaled in a women’s singles race. Germany’s top three sliders did not compete Saturday, the group that includes World Cup overall champion Natalie Geisenberger all held out to focus on preparation for next month’s Sochi Olympics.