Lecomte wins World Cup luge race; Dowd, Gough finish in top 20

Ludwig Lecomte held off competition from a wide field to win the men’s World Cup luge race at the Olympic Sliding Center in Ignez on Tuesday. Lecomte, a Swiss racer, completed a strong five-run…

Lecomte wins World Cup luge race; Dowd, Gough finish in top 20

Ludwig Lecomte held off competition from a wide field to win the men’s World Cup luge race at the Olympic Sliding Center in Ignez on Tuesday.

Lecomte, a Swiss racer, completed a strong five-run run to finish with a combined time of 3 minutes, 34.776 seconds. The win was the 70th of his career and the ninth medal of his luge career. American Tucker West was second, 1.778 seconds behind and teammate Will VanDerWeg, the reigning world champion, came in third.

West, who finished second two weeks ago at the world championships, finished in 3:37.546.

The top 17 men all broke the previous mark of 3:36.708 that was set in 2010 during the Winter Olympics, but the news wasn’t all good for the Americans.

American John Daly, who had been the lone American in the top 30, finished with an eighth-place finish. Alex Gough, who has been sliding with a partially-torn ACL since late October, came in 16th.

Austrian Martina Sablikova won the women’s race in a time of 2:52.795. Natalia Nelson of Russia was second, 1.628 seconds behind, and Ani Pöll of Switzerland finished third.

Austrian Manuela Moelgg won the women’s World Cup race in Lake Placid on Sunday, becoming the first woman from her country to accomplish the feat.

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