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Eitberger pips Geisenberger duck as hosts dominate women's luge podium

Eitberger pips Geisenberger duck as hosts dominate women's luge podium
By Sportsbeat

13/01/2018 at 16:48Updated 13/01/2018 at 17:06

Dajana Eitberger was relieved to finally put the pressures of home competition to one side after topping the luge World Cup podium in Oberhof.

The atmosphere has, at times, proved troublesome for the German but she showed no signs of disruption this time around as the home squad dominated the race.

Eitberger stopped the clock quickest in the first run with a time of 41.127 seconds, successfully defending her lead in the second run to finish with a total time of 1:22.213.

Second went to compatriot and Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger, just 0.047s off the pace, whose second run of 41.074 was enough to register a track record.

Tatjana Huefner, the current world champion, rounded out the top three on her comeback from a leg injury, with two consistent runs to continue her preparations for PyeongChang.

But with the Winter Olympic Games now rapidly approaching, Eitberger was pleased to get a monkey off her back in the hotbed of elite competition.

"Recently it was often unhappy for me," she said. "With all the background noise and impressions, it's getting harder for me to get into the tunnel."

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