Canada entered the PyeongChang Winter Olympics with eight athletes competing in luge, all of them knowing that Canada has never won a medal in the sport. That all changed this week as the monkey is finally off the nations back, when Alex Gough slid into third place, winning the country its first bronze medal in the women’s luge event.
Gough was centre stage after placing third following three runs. The nail-biting started after Gough crossed the finish line in her final run in second place, with two of the best racers in the world still yet to go. After the German competitor Tatjana Huefner failed to finish above Gough, it was official that Gough would leave Korea with Canada’s first-ever luge medal.
The Calgary native has been competing professionally since 2002, and the bronze medal victory comes after two disappointing fourth-place finishes in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Gough is well aware of the victory that alluded her four years ago, “I came so close in Sochi, so to pull through here…what can I say?”
Canadian luge athletes are not done yet as the men’s doubles and team relay are set to happen over the next couple of days.