If you are intrigued by the silver medalist luger Alex Gough, then do read these five interesting facts about her, including her net worth.
Who is Alex Gough?
Alex Gough was born in 1987. She is a Canadian luger who competes in World Luge Championships and Olympics since 2002. She is a two-time Olympic luge medalist. Gough has won a bronze medal in women’s and a silver medal in team relay at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Gough was also the first Canadian to win a luge medal at the Olympics. She won a bronze medal at the FIL World Luge Championships 2011 in Cesana. Gough has won a total of six World Championship medals out of which two are bronze medals won in women’s singles (2011 and 2013) and one is a silver medal in women’s singles and three bronze medals in the mixed team relay events. Gough lives and trains in Calgary. Gough attended high school with other top athletes in Calgary, at the National Sport School. Currently, Gough is an engineering student at the University of Calgary.
Five facts about her career
Her career graph can be divided into five interesting facts: 1. Early career: Cough was in search of a sport to compete in when she was young. She had competed in many sports before she settled on luge. Her family friend, Sam Edney was also participating in Luge which convinced her mother to sign her up for a luge camp at the Canada Olympic Park at the age of 13. She surprised everyone at the camp with her performance and was next a qualifier at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She placed 20th at the 2006 Olympics as a member of the Canada team at the age of 18 only. 2. Hopes on the 2010 Winter Olympics: She continued to train with high hopes for the oncoming 2010 Winter Olympics taking place in her home soil in Vancouver. She hoped to get her Olympic medal in these games but the tragic death of Nodar Kumaritashvili during training left her a lot disturbed. The start and the course were changed and she was now on a new track and lost her home track advantage. She finished in the 18th place. The Olympic disappointment quickly subsided and she continued to build her career towards the FIL World Luge Championships 2011. She won a bronze medal then. Gough said of her bronze medal after that “It feels so good, and I’m absolutely pumped to finish third. I’ve been sliding well all week, and I had the confidence that I knew I can be there on the podium. I love this track. It is fast and fun and this is just a very proud moment for me and the program.” 3. 2010-11 Luge World Cup season: She took part, for the first time, in the 2010-11 Luge World Cup, and won the event which was another first in her career. She was the first Canadian to ever win a World Cup luge event. Gough now with a proven pedigree would continue to perform on the world stage; she won bronze in the mixed team relay at the 2012 World Championships. At the 2013 World Championships Gough was a double medalist, winning silver in the mixed team relay and a bronze in the women’s singles. 4. 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi: In Russia, although she won a fourth place in mixed team relay event and again a fourth in women’s singles, she could not make it to the top three. Despite the disappointingly close finishes at the Olympics, Gough never gave up hope. As part of the Canadian luge relay team she would win two more bronze medals in 2015 and 2016 at the World Championships. 5. 2018 Olympic Winter Games: In face of the ongoing doping scam and investigation of the 46 athletes allegedly involved into doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, it was determined Albert Demchenko and Tatiana Ivanova had been part of the doping scandal, which thereby boosted the Canadians into a delayed bronze medal. But Gough and the other Canadian Olympians gave way to their emotional pleas when the Russians appealed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and 28 Russian athletes’ results were reinstated. This meant that the Canadians original position of fourth was confirmed by the CAS. This made Gough even more determined to win her first Olympic medal at the 2018 Olympics and she finally won her first Olympic medal, a bronze medal in the women’s luge event. Gough spoke of her long road to Canada’s first Olympic medal in luge saying “Ten years of grinding — hard, tough work, a lot of ups and downs — and finally winning an Olympic medal, the first for Canada, unbelievable.” The medal win continued in South Korea when Gough won silver medal in the mixed team relay with Edney, Justin Snith, and Tristan Walker. Gough said of the relay win for her and her teammates that “I wanted it so bad for them. I put together the best run I could. They followed it up, and we got the redemption from four years ago.”
Net worth of the luger
The net worth of luger Alex Gough is currently under review.
Alex Gough is available on Instagram @alexgough. It is not her official page at Instagram but one can find a lot of her photos here.