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Canadian National Luge Team Announced Before Departing for World Cup Tour

Canada Luge - Media ReleaseFollowing two weeks of selection races in Calgary and Park City, Utah, the Canadian National Luge Team will be announced at a media conference at Calgary International Airport, just prior to their departure to Europe for the 1999/2000 Senior and Junior Luge World Cup circuit.

    DATE: Sunday, October 31, 1999
    TIME: 3:30 - 4:00PM
    LOCATION: Calgary International Airport Arrivals Level

      Visitors Reception Centre near Baggage Carousels 3 & 4

BACKGROUND: Canada's combined Junior and Senior National Luge Team consists of 11 male and female athletes who will be representing Canada during a seven-week tour of Germany, Norway and Austria at various Junior and Senior Luge World Cup events. The national team is being led by Head Coach Marie Luise Raine (Italy) and assisted by fellow countryman, Karl Brunne, who is providing technical assistance in sled construction. Along witha strong Canadian coaching staff, this year's team holds much promise to build on their collection of individual and team medals earned in the 1998/99 season.

Following the team introduction and remarks by CODA President, John Mills, the coaches and athletes will be available for interview and photo opportunities. Press kits with athlete biographies and story leads will be provided.

Calgary International Airport's White Hat Volunteer Hosts will be providing a colourful Calgary send-off for the athletes shortly after the press conference as the team boards their Air Canada flight to Frankfurt, Germany. STRONG PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES