Natalie Geisenberger has ended a winning week by taking the overall luge World Cup title. The team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt recorded a win in the men's doubles event.
Geisenberger came down the course at Mount Van Hoevenberg, just outside of Lake Placid in New York state with the two fastest times of the day, 44.295 seconds and 44.145. The win was her fourth consecutive success in the World Cup event . She has come first in six of eight races this season.
The German beat the American Julia Clukey by 0.295 seconds. Canadian Alex Gough was third with a combined time of 1:28.748.
"I had some big problems in training runs, and my only hope was to get down two times without hitting a wall," Geisenberger said. "It was two perfect runs. I'm happy about the win and the overall World Cup win today."
After eight of nine World Cup races, Geisenberger has an unassailable lead of 770 points ahead of fellow Germans Anke Wischnewski, with 585 points, and Tatjana Hüfner, with 461 points. The final race is in Sochi, Russia in two weeks time.
After four years as the runner-up, Geisenberger won her first women's luge world championship last Saturday at Whistler, British Columbia, in Canada. She celebrated her 25th birthday Wednesday and finished her week with her Friday win in Lake Placid.
Also in Lake Placid, world champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt wrapped up the luge World Cup doubles title with their sixth victory in eight races this season.
Wendl and Arlt completed the two runs in a combined time of 1:28.256 to finish 0.131 seconds ahead of Peter Penz and Georg Fischler of Austria. The Italian team of Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber was third.
Wendl and Arlt captured the world championship title last weekend at Whistler. They were the World Cup winners in 2010-11.
The duo secured their second championship when their German teammates Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken finished seventh. Eggert and Benecken needed to finish third or better to stay in contention for the title at the final event at Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 23-24.
The Sochi track will host the Winter Olympics competition next year.
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