Julia Taubitz claimed the women’s overall International Luge Federation (FIL) World Cup title to maintain Germany’s 21-year dominance of the event.
Taubitz began the season ending World Cup in Königssee in second place in the overall standings, with Russia’s Tatyana Ivanova enjoying a 27-point cushion in first.
The opening run of the competition saw Germany’s under-23 world champion Anna Berreiter lead the event in a time of 50.744 seconds.
Taubitz placed second in a time of 50.830, but Ivanova appeared set to seal the World Cup title by lying third on 50.850.
The opportunity of a first World Cup title was presented to Taubitz when Ivanova finished with the 11th fastest second run time by clocking 51.040, which saw her drop down the standings.
The German athlete took full advantage by posting a second run time of 50.724, giving her an overall total of 1:41.554.
Berreiter sealed victory in the competition by ending 1:41.476, with Taubitz and Russia’s Viktoriia Demchenko completing the podium places.
With Ivanova ending the competition in seventh place, Taubitz was able to leapfrog the Russian in the standings.
The German finished top of the overall standings on 965 points, with Ivanova ending in second on 957.
The last non-German athlete to win the World Cup remains Italy’s Gerda Weissensteiner, who achieved the feat in the 1997 to 1998 season.
Germany's Julia Taubitz and Toni Eggert/Sascha Benecken @EggertBenecken with Overall Luge World Cup Victory. Congratulations!!#LugeLove #FILuge #Worldcup #Viessmann #Winterfans pic.twitter.com/wBDlYeQiPJ— FIL Luge (@FIL_Luge) February 29, 2020
“I was incredibly nervous," Taubitz said.
“Even before my second attempt because I heard that Tatyana Ivanova didn’t get a clean run.
“That didn’t make things any easier for me.
“It’s amazing to win the overall World Cup and on top of that I have continued the winning streak.”
Germany’s Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken won the men’s doubles World Cup title.
The pairing won the final World Cup of the season by finishing in 1:39.777, with Olympic champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt second on 1:40.043.
The podium was completed by Andris and Yuri Sics, with the Latvians ending in 1:40.836.
Eggert and Benecken won their fifth World Cup title of their careers with a score of 872, with Wendl and Arlt finishing on 847.