KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Julia Taubitz of Germany won a pair of women’s Luge World Cup races on Sunday, while Summer Britcher gave USA Luge their best individual result in nearly two years by clinching a medal silver.
Taubitz won the women’s race in 1 minute, 39.434 seconds, beating German teammate Natalie Geisenberger by 0.368 seconds in the two-run competition. Kendija Aparjode of Latvia was third in 1: 39.856.
In American women, Britcher finished 10th, Ashley Farquharson 13th and Brittney Arndt 19th.
In the women’s sprint race that followed, Taubitz won again, clocking 31.743 seconds. Britcher was second in 31.764 and Dajana Eitberger of Germany third in 31.775. Farquharson placed 14th for the Americans.
Britcher’s silver medal was the best result for the United States in a World Cup singles or doubles race since winning silver at Lillehammer in January 2020.
In the men’s sprint, Italy’s Dominik Fischnaller claimed his seventh career World Cup victory, beating Russian Roman Repilov and Austria’s Wolfgang Kindl. Jonny Gustafson finished 15th for the United States
And in the doubles sprint, Latvian brothers Andris Sics and Juris Sics took the win over Aleksandr Denisev and Vladislav Antonov, both Russians. Germans Robin Geueke and David Gamm finished third, two places ahead of the American sled of Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman.
The Luge World Cup series travels to Altenberg, Germany next weekend.