Three women who competed in the Winter Olympics luge

Three women who competed in the Winter Olympics luge

The luge competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics was held between February 12 and 13, 2018. The defender for the championship was Natale Geisenberger and some other Olympians from past games. It took place at the Alpensia Sliding Centre near Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The competition gave us three medalists from two countries. 

Natalie Geisenberger (Gold)

Total Run time:  3:05.232

Born February 5, 1988, Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger is the most successful Olympic luger. In the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, she won bronze in the women's singles event.  She won gold at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.  

A winning competitor, Geisenberger started luging professionally in 2007 at the Altenberg, Germany World Cup, where she came in second.  She started practicing the sport at the tender age of 10.  As a junior competitor, she won three Junior World Championships and 14 Junior World Cup competitions.

Dajana Eitberger (Silver)

Total Run time:  3:05.599

Also of German nationality, Dajana Eitberger was born on July 1, 1991 in Ilmenau. She is currently the Luge European champion.   Presently, she represents Germany at the Luge World Cup in the women's singles event.  

She had several victories at the Luge World Cup for the 2014-2015 season. During this season she was placed second twice and third four times. Overall, she was second for the entire season following first place winner, Natalie Geisenberger. 

Alex Gough (Bronze)

Total Run time: 3:05.644

Alex Gough from Canada was born on May 12, 1987.  Her competitive career started in 2002.  In 2011, at the FIL World Luge Championships 2011 in Cesena, she earned a Bronze medal.  

Alex has seen action in four Winter Olympics.  Pyeongchang 2018 is her best finish of 3rd for the women's single event.   Her first Winter Olympic games were in Turin in 2006.  In the season preceding those games, she ranked 11th at the Calgary World Cup. In February 2011, she became the first non-German athlete in ten years to win a World Cup. 

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