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2014 Winter Olympic luge predictions

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On Tuesday, Calgary native Alex Gough took the time out of her busy schedule to send out a tweet on her twitter account, https://twitter.com/AlexGoughLuge, to help raise awareness of mental health issues across Canada.

Gough is on the verge of making Canadian history and become the first luger ever to win a medal for Canada at an Olympic Winter Games. She is the hottest female luger in the world, having compiled back-to-back silver medal finishes in the two World Cups leading up to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Luge made its Olympic debut at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, and Canada has never really come close to a medal position until now. Gough has a chance of not just medalling once (in the women's competition) but the mixed team event as well.

The mixed team event will be making its debut at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with Calgary's Gough, Sam Edney, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith currently ranked second in the world behind a powerhouse team from Germany.

While Canadians have done extremely well in bobsled and skeleton over the last decade, it might just be the lugers which will make headlines on the sliding stage next month.

Here are my Olympic predictions:

Men's Luge (February 8 and 9)

Gold--Felix Loch--Germany
Silver--Andi Langenhan--Germany
Bronze--Armin Zoeggler--Italy

Women's Luge (February 10 and 11)

Gold--Natalie Geisenberger--Germany
Silver--Tatjana Hufner--Germany
Bronze--Alex Gough--Canada

Men's Doubles (February 12)

Gold--Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt--Germany
Silver--Toni Eggert/Sascha Benecken--Germany
Bronze-Peter Penz/Georg Fischler--Austria

Mixed Relay (February 13)

Gold--Germany
Silver--Canada
Bronze--United States