Winter Games Athletes
While trying to make history of her own in becoming only the second woman to win three Olympic medals in luge with compatriot Silke Kraushaar (1998, 2002, 2006) and third to claim consecutive gold medals _ Germany's Steffi Martin-Walter (1984, 1988) and Sylke Otto (2000, 2004) are the others _ after her triumph in Vancouver in 2010, Huefner appears to be the only one capable of beating compatriot and favorite Natalie Geisenberger in Sochi. Huefner, who also won a bronze in Torino in 2006, finished runner-up to Geisenberger three times on the World Cup circuit this season and five times the last two seasons. Huefner, who finished third in the World Cup standings for the second straight season, won five consecutive World Cup Championship titles from 2007-12 before placing third behind Geisenberger and fellow German Anke Wischnewski in 2012-13. In addition to her Olympic champion's pedigree, Huefner also has a trump card of having beaten Geisenberger in the pre-Olympic World Cup event on the Sochi track last season by .038 seconds _ one of only three defeats in Geisenberger's last 16 World Cup events _ with a better second run after trailing by .001 seconds following the first run. Huefner was dominant in Vancouver, taking the lead after the second of her four runs and winning by .490 seconds _ the second-largest margin of victory in women's singles. Huefner also could get a second medal if she competes in the team relay, in which Germany is an overwhelming favorite to win as it awards an Olympic medal for the first time. Huefner has not participated in a relay since a World Cup victory in Sochi during the 2012-13 season.