Austria sweeps Luge World Cup races, Sweeney wins silver

Austria sweeps Luge World Cup races, Sweeney wins silver

IGLS, Austria (AP) – Madeleine Egle won a women’s luge World Cup race Saturday to lead the Austrians’ dominant season-opening display on home ice, while Emily Sweeney of the United States finishing second in the women’s race to equal her best result on the circuit in five years.

Austria also won the men’s doubles gold and the first women’s doubles race at the World Cup. The Austrians took five of the day’s nine medals.

Egle set the fastest time in the two women’s individual heats and won in 1 minute and 19.188 seconds. Sweeney was second in 1:19.404 and Germany’s Julia Taubitz was third in 1:19.436.

It was Sweeney’s best World Cup finish since winning a sprint race in Winterberg, Germany, in November 2017. Ashley Farquharson was seventh, Summer Britcher was ninth and Brittney Arndt was 19th for the women of the United States.

Competing as a doubles team for the first time, Sweeney and Britcher finished fifth in the opening World Cup women’s doubles race to open the day.

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