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Women's Luge Heats 3 and 4: Geisenberger grabs third gold, Germany's seventh straight

Women's Luge Heats 3 and 4: Geisenberger grabs third gold, Germany's seventh straight
Posted at 5:51 AM, Feb 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-08 14:09:03-05

GERMANY GOES 1-2, EXTENDS STREAK WITH GEISENBERGER GOLD

FINAL RESULTS AND STANDINGS

LUGE WOMEN'S SINGLES MEDALISTS AT THE 2022 WINTER OLYMPICS: 

GOLD: Natalie Geisenberger (GER), 3:53.454
SILVER: Anna Berreiter (GER), 3:53.947
BRONZE: Tatyana Ivanova (ROC), 3:54.507

After all of Monday's chaos, Natalie Geisenberger made it look so easy. In Tuesday's first run, she immediately broke a track record with a time of 58.226 seconds. She followed that up with a solid Heat 4 for a 3:53.454 total time, and a gold medal.

It's Geisenberger's third consecutive singles win at the Olympics, and Germany's seventh straight women's singles gold - the longest active streak in the Winter Olympics. Germany also won gold in men's singles thanks to Johannes Ludwig.

SEE MORE: Johannes Ludwig wins gold in men's luge singles for Germany

SEE MORE: Luge 101: Olympic History

Geisenberger, who is also the two-time defending team relay gold medalist, only further cemented her status as the world's greatest female luger. Though she threw down four fast, consistent runs, the German also had luck on her side: Victory would have been far less assured had frontrunner Julia Taubitz not sputtered out of the top-ten on Monday.

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By Heat 4, just Geisenberger's compatriot Anna Berreiter provided a hint of concern. But the only real path to victory for Berreiter involved Geisenberger pinballing from wall to wall, or outright crashing.

That didn't happen. The course, known as "The Flying Snow Dragon," didn't cause the field nearly as much trouble on Tuesday. Still, several athletes took hard hits, and Romania's Raluca Stramaturaru spilled into a do not finish. 

SEE MORE: Taubitz, Egle among crashes in women's luge Runs 1, 2

THE AMERICANS IMPROVE

Team USA's Emily Sweeney still hasn't completed four total runs at a single Olympics, but at least she finished the 2022 Winter Olympics safe, sound - and smiling. She closed with her fastest heat of the competition and ultimately ranked 26th, improving upon her midway standing by two spots.

Likewise, Summer Britcher scraped 0.004 seconds off her previous best heat of the Games and ended up finishing 23rd. 

Only 22-year-old Olympic rookie Ashley Farquharson cracked the top-20 and advanced to Heat 4. She also ended with her fastest of four heats, finishing 12th. 

The Utah native was the third American to end the competition with a smile and a comment to the camera as she walked away: "Only took me four runs to get there!" 

Early reports claim Farquharson has been tapped for the team relay competition this Thursday. Whatever happens, there's a solid chance she'll appear at Milano Cortina 2026.