Feature photo: Kimberley McRae in the women’s competition
Canada continued to show newfound momentum in luge on Sunday with a World Cup medal in Altenberg, Germany in the team relay.
The silver for Canada came two weeks after a FIL world championship bronze in Konigssee in the same event. One notable difference in Altenberg is that the team slid on to the podium without six-time world championship medallist Alex Gough.
Kim McRae took Gough’s spot in the women’s sled for the World Cup relay, where the Canadians with a time of two minutes, 24.550 seconds finished second to Germany (2:24.204) and ahead of Latvia (2:24.982).
It’s the first World Cup medal of the season for McRae, Malyk, Walker and Snith in a season where podiums have been difficult to reach for Canadians. For McRae, it was also a career-first podium in the relay.
Gough, who is racing part time while going to university this season, has the only individual Canadian World Cup medal in the 2015-16 calendar, a bronze that came in Igls, Austria at the opening event in November.
Staying in Germany, the World Cup tour heads to its final spot, Winterberg, next weekend.