KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Natalie Geisenberger's goals when she began competing at luge's top level was to win a world championship and an Olympic medal.
She already has achieved both of those ambitions and considers anything more to be a bonus.
The reigning world champion and World Cup titleholder is the overwhelming favorite to win the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics, where the women's luge competition starts Monday with two runs. The final two runs at the Sanki Sliding Center are Tuesday night.
German women have won the last four women's singles golds at the Olympics, and swept the podium in 2002 and 2006. With Geisenberger leading the way, it's not unthinkable that it could be another 1-2-3 finish for Germany in Sochi.