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Canada wins three luge medals at World Cup in Germany

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According to the International Luge Federation website, Alex Gough and Kim McRae of Calgary finished second and third respectively at a World Cup luge competition in Altenberg, Germany on Sunday.

Gough and McRae posted times of 1:47.006 and 1:47.030, just behind German Natalie Geisenberger, who recorded a time of 1:46.332.

It is the first career medal for McRae, and the timing could not be better because it comes with less than three weeks from the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. No Canadian has ever won a medal in luge at the Olympic Winter Games.

But Gough would not yet be done on Sunday. The definite Olympic medal contender helped Canada win a silver medal in the mixed team relay with fellow Canadians Justin Snith, Tristan Walker and Sam Edney.

The Canadian foursome posted an overall time of 2:26.191 to win silver.

But what was the bigger surprise on Sunday is that Russia won the gold medal over the powerful German team that has dominated the sport of luge. The Russians had a winning time of 2:25.570, while the Germans were clocked at 2:26.303.

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