Summer Britcher competes at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb, 12, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
A second run stunner scored Summer Britcher a silver medal at the FIL Luge World Cup event Saturday in Berchtesgarden-Königssee, Germany.
The two-time Olympian clocked 52.715 seconds, the second best second run time of any competitor, to find her way onto the podium after posting only the ninth-best time on her first run. Her 1 minute, 45.391 second total was second only to Germany’s Julia Taubitz.
If that sounds a little familiar, it’s because Britcher, who finished 19th overall at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, is something of a second-run sensation. Despite her ranking at the Games last February, she set the course record in her second go on the track.
Taubitz was the only person to better Britcher’s time on the day’s final run, crossing the line in 52.405 seconds for a winning total of 1 minute, 44.971 seconds. Austria’s Hannah Prock took third.
The medal is Britcher’s third medal and second silver of the season at a world cup event. She took silver in the sprint at the world cup in Lake Placid just before Christmas, and teamed with Olympians Tucker West, Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman to bring home a silver in team relay at a world cup event in Calgary.
Britcher’s was the lone medal for Team USA Saturday. PyeongChang silver medalist Mazdzer and Terdiman were ninth in doubles. Competition continues Sunday with the men’s competition and team relays.