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(LEAD) (Olympics) Naturalized luger finishes 8th in women's singles

All Headlines 23:11 February 13, 2018

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- German-born South Korean luger Aileen Christina Frisch took eighth place in the women's singles luge competition at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Tuesday.

Frisch, who earned South Korean citizenship in November 2016, marked a combined time of 3 minutes, 6.400 seconds after four runs and finished eighth among 30 contestants. It was the best finish by a South Korean at an Olympic luge competition.

At the Winter Games, singles luge competition takes place over two days, with two runs per day. The four times are added together and the luger with the fastest total time gets the gold medal.

Frisch was in seventh place after her first two runs at Olympic Sliding Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on Monday with a combined time of 1:32.806. She maintained her position after the third run, but dropped one spot after her final run.

She posted 46.843 seconds in her final run, the worst of her four runs.

Defending champion Natalie Geisenberger of Germany won gold with a combined time of 3:05.232 followed by her compatriot Dajana Eitberger at 3:05.599. Alex Gough of Canada was third at 3:05.644.

Another South Korean luger, Sung Eun-ryung, finished 18th at 3:08.250.

German-born South Korean luger Aileen Christina Frisch checks her time after finishing her run in the women's singles luge competition, at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, at Alpensia Sliding Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on Feb. 13, 2018. (Yonhap)

Frisch, a gold medalist at the 2012 World Junior Championships, announced her retirement in 2015 after she failed to make the German national team, but the Korea Luge Federation reportedly approached her through Sartor Steffen, a German coach of the South Korean luge team, and asked her to race for South Korea.

"Race today was not so bad," she said. "After all, I'm really satisfied with this, and I'm happy that I did a good job at the Olympic Games."

Frisch will has one more competition left at the PyeongChang Olympics. She will compete in the team relay on Thursday with her teammates.

"I'm really looking forward to it," she said. "I'm happy to go with our Korean team."


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