Calgarian lugers Alex Gough, Sam Edney, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith won the World Championship silver medal in the team relay event with a time of 2:04.272. The German quartet of Natalie Geisenberger, Felix Loch, Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt finished in first place with a time of 2:03.826, with the Latvian quartet of Eliza Tiruma, Inars Kivlenieks, Andris Sics and Juris Sics in third place with a time of 2:04.854.
Gough also won a World Championship bronze medal in the women's competition with a time of 1:13.546. Gough was the only non-German in the top five, with reigning Olympic bronze medallist Natalie Geisenberger winning the race with a time of 1:13.428. Tatjana Hufner, the reigning Olympic gold medallist from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, finished in second with a time of 1:13.534.
The 2013 World Luge Championships in Whistler comes three years after the fatal death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who died on the Whistler luge track a few hours before the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.