Hufner wins final luge World Cup meet

By the Associated Press | February 23, 2013 | 8:30 AM EST

Natalie Geisenberger of Germany smiles during an awards ceremony after a women's race at the Sliding Center Sanki during the Luge World Cup 2013, in Krasnaya Polyana resort, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Natalie Geisenberger of Germany, already holding an unbeatable lead in the luge World Cup, heads the field in the series' last meet, a test event for the 2014 Sochi Olympics Sanki track. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Olympic luge champion Tatjana Hufner edged out two other Germans to win the women's singles in the final World Cup meet of the season, a test event for the Sochi Winter Games next year.

Natalie Geisenberger, the current world champion and Olympic bronze medalist, finished second in Saturday's meet, but had already won the overall World Cup before the competition started. Anke Wischnewski was third.

Geisenberger had the fastest time of the day at 50.894 seconds in the first run, but Hufner's two-run combined time of 1 minute 41.922 seconds was 0.038 faster. Wischnewski placed second in the overall World Cup standings and Hufner was third.

Although bobsledders and skeleton riders had expressed dissatisfaction with the ice quality at the Sanki track earlier in February, Saturday's sliders praised the conditions.