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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

PostHeaderIcon German Womens Luge Soars

WHISTLER, British Columbia — They came slowly down the start ramp that nobody wanted to use, the world's best women's luge racers wobbling like rookies through the initial curve.

Germany's Tatjana Huefner handled it all like a champ.

Putting Germany halfway to a sweep of Olympic singles luge gold, Huefner is the midpoint women's leader at the tragedy-stricken Vancouver Games, her two-run time of 1 minute, 23.241 seconds providing a cushion of a mere 0.050 seconds ahead of Austria's Nina Reithmayer.

Another German, Natalie Geisenberger (1:23.400) is third.

"I need to concentrate on me," said Huefner, this season's overall World Cup champion who's primed to become German's ninth women's gold medalist in 13 Olympic luge competitions. "Hopefully, I can have two good runs. We'll see if it's gold."

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