By Michael Pavitt

Natalie Geisenberger's World Cup overall victory comes a week her women's world title win ©Getty ImagesNatalie Geisenberger has earned her third consecutive overall International Luge Federation World Cup victory after winning her eighth event of the season in Altenberg, Germany.

It was a further treat for the German crowd, who had revelled in Felix Loch's success when he secured the men's individual World Cup yesterday.

Like Loch, Geisenberger had dominated the women's circuit this season and the reigning Olympic and world champion took victory at home after posting a time of 1min 45.585 from her two runs.

"I'm really proud to have won the overall World Cup for the third time in succession," she said.

"These are trophies I really enjoy looking at.

"Of course I don't have to win every race, but the World Championship title and the overall World Cup mean I've achieved my most important goals."

Her compatriots Tatjana Hüfner and Dajana Eitberger took silver and bronze after finishing in 1:45.868 and 1:45.915.

Geisenberger was, however, a surprise third place finisher in the sprint World Cup competition after American Erin Hamlin set a time of 37.751sec to take victory.

Erin Hamlin inflicted a rare defeat on Natalie Geisenberger in the sprint event ©Getty ImagesErin Hamlin inflicted a rare defeat on Natalie Geisenberger in the sprint event ©Getty Images

Hamlin briefly ended the German dominance over the weekend, although Eitberger and Geisenberger still managed podium finishes.

However, it was business as usual in the men's competition as Loch's time of 32.826sec proved unbeatable, and Canada's Samuel Edney and Latvia's Inārs Kivlenieks were only able to finish 0.116 and 0.169sec behind the German in the sprint discipline.

With the final race of the season taking place next week in the 2014 Winter Olympics host city of Sochi in Russia, Germans Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken will lead the men's sprint doubles after recording victory in 27.790sec in Altenberg.

They were trailed by Latvian brothers Andris and Juris Šics, who earned silver in 27.817, while the two-time world champions Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt of Germany were third.

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