Canadian Gough fifth after opening run in women's luge

2/10/2014 11:18:28 AM
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Canadian medal hopeful Alex Gough is in fifth place after the first run of the women's luge event at the Sanki Sliding Center in Sochi on Monday.

The 26-year-old slider from Calgary posted a time of 50.464 seconds, 0.573 seconds back of leader Natalie Geisenberger.

The German led the overall World Cup women's standings this season and continued her dominance by putting down a track record time of 49.891, ahead of second-place Erin Hamlin of the United States (50.356) and teammate Tajana Huefner (50.393).

Gough finished second overall in the World Cup this season and is aiming to win Canada's first-ever Olympic medal in women's luge.

Calgary's Kimberly McRae was impressive in her first Olympic appearance, finishing her first trip down the track in sixth spot, trailing Gough by only 0.001 seconds.

Arianne Jones, also of Calgary, sits 13th with a time of 50.993.

The second of four runs is scheduled to begin at 11:45 a.m. ET.

Alex Gough (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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