Geisenberger stays perfect in Luge World Cup

The Associated Press

KONIGSSEE, Germany (AP) -- Natalie Geisenberger won her sixth World Cup luge race in as many tries this season on Saturday, putting the German on the cusp of wrapping up the points title with three races remaining.

Geisenberger rallied in the second heat to beat countrywoman Tatjana Huefner by 0.105 seconds, winning with a two-run time of 1:40.591. Huefner led by 0.108 seconds after one run.

Canada's Alex Gough was third, 0.331 seconds back.

American racers struggled, with Summer Britcher placing 10th, Erin Hamlin 13th and Kate Hansen 15th. They will represent the U.S. in the Sochi Olympics next month.

Geisenberger has 600 points, 199 better than Gough with three races left. Another win would wrap up the season title for Geisenberger, a huge favorite for Olympic gold.

In the doubles race, Germany's Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt extended their points lead by beating fellow Germans Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken by 0.297 seconds.

Wendl and Arlt finished in 1:39.956 for their fifth win in six races this season. Eggert and Benecken were second in 1:40.253. Canada's Tristan Walker and Justin Snith were third in 1:40.709.

Wendl and Arlt now lead Eggert and Benecken by 140 points in the season standings.

For the U.S., Matthew Mortensen and Preston Griffall did not finish their first run.

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