Martins Dukurs, Amy Gough win

WINTERBERG, Germany -- World and European champion Martins Dukurs of Latvia won a skeleton World Cup race on Saturday, exactly a year since he last failed to finish first.

Dukurs had a combined time of 57.9 seconds to finish 0.32 seconds ahead of Germany's 2009 European champion Frank Rommel. Russia's Alexander Tretiakov was third, 0.39 seconds back.

Canada's Amy Gough claimed her first victory in the women's event.

Gough finished 0.08 seconds ahead of Germany's 2009 Junior World Champion Katharina Heinz, who claimed her first World Cup podium.

German world champion Marion Thees finished third.

The race was almost called off because of heavy snowfall.

Dukurs said he was "happy, even if it was a gamble at these weather conditions. But I was fortunate and everything is OK."

Dukurs has won every event since finishing second to Sergei Chudinov of Russia in a race on Dec. 17, 2010, at Lake Placid, N.Y.