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Luge at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Women's Singles

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Sliding Center Sanki, Rzhanaya Polyana
Date Started: February 10, 2014
Date Finished: February 11, 2014
Format: Four runs, total time determined placement.

Gold: GER Natalie Geisenberger
Silver: GER Tatjana Hüfner
Bronze: USA Erin Hamlin

Summary

As in the men’s event, a German was the outstanding favourite, namely world champion Natalie Geisenberger. Geisenberger’s dominance of the sport was such that she won 15 of the 19 races she had contested over last two seasons and had never placed outside the top two. She set the standard on the first run with the only time below 50 seconds (49.891), comfortably ahead of American Erin Hamlin , reigning champion Tatjana Hüfner and Tatyana Ivanova of Russia. In the second run Hamlin and Hüfner changed places, although Geisenberger was dominant, again posting the only sub-50 second time (49.923) to lead by a large margin (by luge standards) of 0.766 seconds over her countrywoman. Ivanova had a disappointing run to push her down to 7th but, also for the home nation, [Natalja Khoreva] was fourth fastest and moved up to 4th place.

The third and fourth runs were more of the same, Geisenberger, Hüfner and Hamlin setting the three fastest times in each run and finally finishing in that order. Again Geisenberger went under 50 seconds in her third run (49.765) and, by her standards, had a conservative fourth run of 50.189. Her margin of victory over second placed Hüfner was a staggering (by luge standards) 1.139 seconds, with the American a further 0.238 second behind. For Hamlin, this was the first ever medal won by a woman luger from the United States.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Natalie Geisenberger 26 Germany GER Gold 3:19.768
2 Tatjana Hüfner 30 Germany GER Silver 3:20.907
3 Erin Hamlin 27 United States USA Bronze 3:21.145
4 Alex Gough 26 Canada CAN 3:21.578
5 Kimberley McRae 21 Canada CAN 3:21.895
6 Anke Wischnewski 36 Germany GER 3:21.960
7 Tatyana Ivanova 22 Russia RUS 3:22.006
8 Nataliya Khoreva 27 Russia RUS 3:22.067
9 Martina Kocher 28 Switzerland SUI 3:22.166
10 Kate Hansen 21 United States USA 3:22.667
11 Yekaterina Baturina 21 Russia RUS 3:22.731
12 Elīza Tīruma 23 Latvia LAT 3:23.071
13 Arianne Jones 23 Canada CAN 3:23.183
14 Sandra Gasparini 23 Italy ITA 3:23.756
15 Summer Britcher 19 United States USA 3:24.143
16 Natalia Wojtusciszyn 21 Poland POL 3:24.646
17 Miriam Kastlunger 20 Austria AUT 3:24.665
18 Ulla Zirne 18 Latvia LAT 3:24.685
19 Andrea Voetter 18 Italy ITA 3:25.059
20 Nina Reithmayer 29 Austria AUT 3:25.156
21 Ewa Kuls 22 Poland POL 3:25.367
22 Sandra Robatscher 18 Italy ITA 3:25.506
23 Birgit Platzer 21 Austria AUT 3:26.576
24 Vendula Kotenová 19 Czech Republic CZE 3:26.675
25 Viera Gbúrová 22 Slovakia SVK 3:26.697
26 Olena Stetskiv 19 Ukraine UKR 3:27.497
27 Morgane Bonnefoy 23 France FRA 3:27.592
28 Yelizaveta Aksyonova 18 Kazakhstan KAZ 3:28.085
29 Seong Eun-Ryeong 21 South Korea KOR 3:28.743
30 Raluca Stramaturaru 28 Romania ROU 3:29.004
31 Olena Shkhumova 20 Ukraine UKR 3:34.847