Tatjana Hüfner equalled the record for women's Luge World Cup victories ©Getty Images

Germany’s Tatjana Hüfner equalled the record for women’s International Luge Federation (FIL) World Cup victories by triumphing at Lake Placid.

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic champion had never earned victory on the track but sought to join her compatriot Sylke Otto on 37 singles victories with success on the Mount Van Hoevenberg track in the United States.

Hüfner led after the first run of the day by clocking a time of 44.249sec, with American Summer Britcher lying second on 44.419.

Hüfner posted only the sixth fastest time in the second run of the day but her combined time of 1min 28.638sec proved enough for victory.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d achieve this record victory in Lake Placid, of all places," said Hüfner.

"I have to thank my trainers Jan Eichhorn and Robert Eschrich.

"It’s all going so well at the moment, and we have a great working relationship.

"It’s all really positive as we get on so well together."

Canada earned team relay gold in Lake Placid ©FIL
Canada earned team relay gold in Lake Placid ©FIL

Canada’s Kimberley McRae and Alex Gough completed the top three positions, with the duo finishing in times of 1:28.706 and 1:28.723 respectively.

A slower second run time saw Britcher miss out on securing a podium place in front of a home crowd, as she ended in 1:28.758.

Hüfner now leads the overall World Cup classification having moved onto 240 points, with her teammates Natalie Geisenberger and Dajana Eitberger proving the nearest challengers on 225 and 209 respectively.

It also proved to be a historic event for Canadian luge, with the nation having their most successful day at a World Cup by earning gold, silver and bronze medals.

Following McRae and Gough's medals in the women’s event, their relay team of McRae, Sam Edney, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith proved triumphant.

The team ended in a winning time of 2:34.627, the competition consisting of two singles and one doubles run.

Russia’s Ekaterina Baturina, Semen Pavlichenko and their doubles pair of Andrey Bogdanov and Andrey Medvedev finished second on 2:34.671.

The podium was completed by the American team Britcher, Tucker West, Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman, who finished in 2:34.815.

Defending World Cup champions Germany were surprisingly off the pace, their team ending down in seventh after clocking 2:36.454.