After finishing behind teammate Tatjana Huefner for four consecutive years in the overall World Cup standings, Natalie Geisenberger took the overall title in 2012-13. This season Geisenberger did it again, leaving no doubt that she will be the favorite at the 2014 Olympics. Here's a look back at the 2013-14 season, which also included the U.S. winning its first women's singles gold medal in 17 years.
Lillehammer, Nov. 16
U.S. slider Kate Hansen (above) shocked the field by holding the lead after the first run of the season opener. A subpar second run left Hansen in 12th place, as Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won gold.
Igls, Nov. 23
Geisenberger, the defending overall World Cup chamion won in Igls, Austria, leading Germany's second consecutive sweep of the podium.
Winterberg, Nov. 30
Geisenberger kept her perfect start alive in Winterberg, Germany.
Whistler, Dec. 8
Despite the competition having moved away from the European tracks, Geisenberger (middle) still won gold. Canadian Alex Gough (left) was second, followed by Anke Wischnewski.
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Park City, Dec. 14
Geisenberger ended the first half of the season having won all five gold medals. U.S. slider Kate Hansen, meanwhile, fell just short of her first World Cup podium, finishing in fourth.