Four-time Olympic gold medallist Natalie Geisenberger is aiming for her fifth women's singles title at the Luge World Championships as competition gets underway in Königssee tomorrow.
Geisenberger has been in impressive form in the International Luge Federation (FIL) World Cup this season, despite only returning to competition last November after giving birth in May.
She is on track for an eighth World Cup title and could add another world title to her achievements this weekend.
The 32-year-old has previously claimed world titles in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019.
She will be challenged by defending champion, Ekaterina Katnikova of Russia, who triumphed last year in Geisenberger's absence.
Germany's reigning World Cup champion Julia Taubitz will be another threat.
Russia may also be victorious in the men's singles event, with defending champion Roman Repilov set to compete in Königssee.
Germany's Felix Loch will be aiming to utilise his home advantage, however, and has already clinched the World Cup title with dominant performances all season.
Competition is scheduled to begin tomorrow with the doubles, men and women's sprint qualification and finals.
Two runs in the men and doubles contest are then set for Saturday (January 30), followed by two runs in the women's event and the team relay on Sunday (January 31).
The World Championships had been due to take place in Calgary and Vancouver in Canada, but the event was moved to Germany as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.