By Karen Price | Jan. 12, 2019, 3:31 p.m. (ET)
(L-R) Silver medalist Natalie Geisenberger of Germany, gold medalist Tatyana Ivanova of Russia and bronze medalist Summer Britcher celebrate after the women's singles luge world cup on Jan. 12, 2019 in Sigulda, Latvia.

 

Summer Britcher kept both her own and USA Luge’s medal streaks alive by earning the bronze medal in women’s singles at the FIL Luge World Cup race Saturday in Sigulda, Latvia.

Britcher has now medaled at four consecutive world cups, while U.S. athletes have reached the podium at five straight.

The medal streak is a new record for Britcher, who was on the podium at back-to-back-to-back world cups in the 2015-16 season.

The two-time Olympian sat in third place after her first run with a time of 42.427 seconds. She improved slightly on her second run, clocking in at 42.259 for a total time of 1:24.686. She ended up just .350 seconds behind winner Tatyana Ivanova of Russia, a three-time singles world medalist who took the gold with the fastest run of the day on her second attempt and a combined time of 1:24.336. Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger, the two-time reigning Olympic champion, was second with a time of 1:24.464. Britcher finished just .004 ahead of Italy’s Andrea Voetter.

Brittney Arndt was 16th.

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Britcher’s medal marked her first on the Sigulda track. She is now third in the world cup rankings.

Britcher, who finished 19th at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, won the singles silver as well as team relay bronze last weekend in Koenigssee, Germany. She also won silver in a sprint race at Lake Placid, New York, in December, and team relay bronze the week before that in Calgary, Alberta.

Racing continues on Sunday with men’s singles and the team relay.

After the team relay, Britcher’s next competition will come at the Jan. 25-27 FIL World Championships in Winterberg, Germany.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.