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Kraushaar extends streak

11/20/2004

SIGULDA, Latvia -- World champion Silke Kraushaar captured the women's World Cup luge singles Saturday, extending Germany's winning streak to 50 races.

The U.S. team of Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin finished third in men doubles, timed in 1 minute, 26.704 seconds. Germany's Andr De Florschutz and Torsten Wustlich won in 1:26.539 and Italy's Christian Oberstolz and Patric Gruber were second in 1:26.607.

Kraushaar recorded her 23rd World Cup victory and finished her two runs in 1:27.248. Latvia's Anna Orlova was second in 1:27.310 and Ukraine's Natalia Yakushenko third in 1:27.472, both
career-best finishes.

"I'm very happy to keep our winning streak; 50 victories in a
row are very impressive," Kraushaar said. "But it's a little bit
funny, staying on top of the podium with no teammates around me.
The other girls are coming closer."

Yakushenko added: "I think the end of the German winning streak is coming soon. They are not invincible."

After two of nine races, Kraushaar leads the overall standings
with 185 points, 65 ahead of Austria's Nina Reithmayer, who was
fifth Saturday.