Italy wins team relay; U.S. earns silver medal
WINTERBERG, Germany — World champion Natalie Geisenberger led a German sweep of the top three spots in the third World Cup luge race to maintain her perfect start to the season on Sunday.
The 25-year-old Geisenberger was fastest in both runs down the Hochsauerland course to finish in a combined time of 1 minute, 53.457 seconds for her 19th career victory.
Canada's Alex Gough was fourth, 0.925 seconds behind Geisenberger, followed by Russia's Tatiana Ivanova.
Geisenberger leads the standings with 300 points, ahead of Huefner (200) and Wischnewski (186).
However, a mistake from Geisenberger at the start of the team relay later Sunday cost Germany the chance of making it a perfect 4-for-4 in gold medals from the weekend.
Italy's Sandra Gasparini, Dominik Fischnaller and Christian Oberstolz with Patrick Gruber took advantage and won in a track record combined time of 2:25.874.
The Germans had to make do with ninth.
On Saturday, Germany's Chris Eissler was the surprise winner of the men's singles race on his World Cup debut, and world champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt claimed their second doubles victory of the season.
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