Natalie Geisenberger wins her first Sprint World Championship
Winterberg (RWH) Natalie Geisenberger has won gold at the Sprint World Championships of the International Luge Federation (FIL) for the first time in her career, thus completing her collection of titles. Following two Olympic gold medals and three World and European Championship golds, the German succeeds the USA’s Erin Hamlin, who won the 2017 Championships in Innsbruck. In 2016, Swiss luger Martina Kocher was crowned the first Sprint World Champion in the history of the FIL.
Geisenberger won by a margin of just seven thousandths of a second over teammate Julia Taubitz, the 2016 Junior World Champion. Third place went to the Olympic bronze medallist Dajana Eitberger, another representative of the host federation. American Emily Sweeney took fourth.