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Alex Gough

Luge CAN

Alex Gough

Alex Gough
  • Birth date 5/12/1987
  • Birthplace Calgary
  • Residence Calgary
  • Height/Weight 5'7"/ 158 lbs
  • Olympics 2006, 2010, 2014


  • Marital status
  • Married
  • Residence
  • Calgary, AB, CAN
  • Higher education
  • Engineering - University of Calgary: Canada
  • Hobbies
  • Reading, skiing, mountain biking, scuba diving, hiking, water sports, playing the guitar, watching television, knitting. (Facebook page, 04 Jun 2017; NOC Media Guide, 2014)
  • Injuries
  • She broke her right ankle in a crash two weeks into training for the 2007/08 World Cup circuit. It forced her to miss the entire season. (, 18 Feb 2009)
  • Why this sport?
  • She had been an alpine skier as a child but did not enjoy having to navigate through the gates, she just wanted to go fast. Her mother signed her up for a luge camp when Gough's friend Sam Edney took up the sport.
  • Name of coach
  • Wolfgang Staudinger [national], GER
  • When and where did you begin this sport?
  • She took up luge at age 13 at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, AB, Canada.
  • Occupation
  • Athlete, Student
  • Languages
  • English
  • Sporting philosophy / motto
  • "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow." [US author Mary Anne Radmacher] (NOC Media Guide, 2014)
  • Other information
    In 2011 she became the first luger representing Canada to win a singles World Cup event when she was victorious in Paramonovo, Russian Federation. Earlier in the same year she had become the first female luger representing Canada to claim a medal at the world championships when she took bronze in the singles event in Cesana Pariol, Italy. (, 30 Jan 2013;, 02 Jun 2012; SportsDeskOnline, 12 Feb 2011)

    She missed the final three World Cup races of the 2015/16 season to focus on her engineering degree at University of Calgary, AB, Canada. "After the Sochi Games, I needed to make some strides on what comes next. Knowing that I have a plan and my degree to complete, my life outside of luge is all in a really great place." (, 24 Nov 2016)
  • Family
  • Husband Scott Sissons
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