Germany's Geisenberger wins overall luge World Cup

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Natalie Geisenberger, of Germany, heads to a win in the women's luge World Cup race in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/John DiGiacomo)

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Erin Hamlin finishes fifth in the women's Luge World Cup race in Lake Placid, N.Y., Friday Feb. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/John DiGiacomo)

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Julia Clukey, right, is congratulated by coach Mark Grimmette after her second-place finish in the women's Luge World Cup race held in Lake Placid, N.Y., Friday Feb. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/ John DiGiacomo)

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger clinched the overall luge World Cup title by beating American Julia Clukey by 0.295 seconds Friday at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
Geisenberger won her first women's world championship Saturday at Whistler, British Columbia, after four straight years as runner-up. And she celebrated her 25th birthday on Wednesday.
Canadian Alex Gough was third.
Geisenberger had the two fastest times of the day finish with a time of 1 minute and 28.440 seconds. Clukey, from Augusta, Maine, earned her first finish on the podium of a World Cup with a time of 1:28.735 and Gough had a combined time of 1:28.748.
Clukey's silver-medal performance was the best finish by an American since teammate Erin Hamlin won the 2009 world championship at Mount Van Hoevenberg.