Updated: 11/02/2014 08:20 | By Press Association

Geisenberger leads women's luge

Natalie Geisenberger holds a commanding 0.766 second lead heading into the final two runs of the women's luge

Natalie Geisenberger holds a commanding 0.766 second lead heading into the final two runs of the women's luge

Natalie Geisenberger took a huge step towards claiming the Winter Olympic women's luge gold medal after the first two runs at the Sanki Sliding Center.

The 26-year-old leads German compatriot Tatjana Huefner by 0.766 seconds heading into the final two runs tomorrow.

"The first run was good but the second was not so good. My lead is comfortable and I feel calm, but there could be many mistakes tomorrow," Geisenberger said.

"I had a little problem at the start, my shoe broke, someone had to pull it off my foot and I put another one on."

Defending Olympic champion Huefner faces a monumental task ahead of her if she is to reclaim her title.

"We will see what happens, curve five to six is tricky, we will see happens tomorrow," Huefner said.

"Natalie still has two more runs as well."

"I like to compete with everybody and beat everybody."

Huefner lies 0.052 seconds ahead of the 2009 world champion Erin Hamlin who is in third place.

Hamlin is aiming to become the first North American woman to win an Olympic medal in the 50-year history of the Winter Olympic luge competition.

"Anything can happen. It's a new track and anyone can make mistakes. A race is two days," she said.

"It's been going well, I feel good and relaxed, but I definitely have things to clean up for tomorrow."

"I had a pretty big mistake at the start, when that happens I'm correcting when I should be powering down the track."

"I just bumped too soon into a couple of curves a bit too fast. It kind of kills your momentum a little bit, so if I can clean that up properly I can go faster."

Austria's Nina Reithmayer, the silver medallist from Vancouver, ended the day well down the field in 19th position.


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