German women dominate, Austrians win luge doubles

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Natalie Geisenberger celebrates after winning the woman\'s luge World Cup race with second placed Anke Wischnewski, left, and third placed Tatjana Huefner, right, all of Germany, in Winterberg, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)


WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) — Natalie Geisenberger won her fifth luge World Cup event of the season Sunday, leading a German sweep of the top four places.

Geisenberger beat Anke Wischnewski by .020 seconds to stretch her overall lead in the World Cup standings two weeks before the world championships in Whistler, British Columbia.

Olympic champion Tatjana Huefner was third and Corinna Martini fourth.

American Olympian Julia Clukey finished seventh. She is coming back from knee problems and Arnold-Chiari syndrome, a congenital disorder that affects the base of the skull. Two years ago, bone needed to be shaved from her skull to relieve headaches and chronic fatigue.

Olympic champions Andreas and Wolfgang Linger of Austria won the men's doubles, becoming the first non-Germans to win the event in seven races this season.

Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken of Germany placed second, ahead of Italy's Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber.