German competitors occupied three of the top five spots in the first run of the women’s singles luge at the Whistler Sliding Centre on Monday night.
Natalie Geisenberger led the way for the strong German squad, and built off her spectacular World Cup season where she placed in the medal standings in all eight of her events. She finished Monday’s race in second place with a time of 41.743, only 0.015 behind leader, Nina Reithmayer of Austria.
German teammate Tatjana Huefner, the defending bronze medallist from Turin 2006, came in third place and Anke Wischnewski placed fifth after the first run.
Calgary native Alex Gough, competing in her second Olympics at the ripe age of 22, turned in the best Canadian performance and finished in 17th place.
Saskatoon native Regan Lauscher, who has recovered from two shoulder surgeries, looked relatively uncomfortable with the shorter starting spot and sat in 21st after the run.
Meaghan Simister was the other lone competitor for the home nation and finished in 24th.
The second run is scheduled to take place at the Whistler Sliding Centre at 9:50 pm ET.