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Snow Mars the Final Day of the Sixth Viessmann World Cup

Difficult weather conditions marked the men's singles event of the Six Viessmann World Cup, which was held earlier today. Heavy snow throughout the race caused progressively worse track conditions and poor visibility.

Calgary's Chris Moffat was the top-placed Canadian, finishing fifteenth. With the points he collected in this race, he now stands 16th in the world.

"I'm disappointed with my results today," said Moffat, who will compete in both singles and doubles events in Salt Lake City. "However, I do think that it says a lot about how much we have progressed when I can look at a fifteenth place finish and actually be disappointed."

"I'm looking at my results here today and thinking that I am going to have to do some soul searching over the next two weeks," said Calgary's Tyler Seitz, who finished eighteenth. "I'm really going to have to focus and get back to the top of my game for the Olympics".

The other Canadian in the race, Kyle Connelly, finished twenty-sixth.

"I have mixed feelings about this race," said Connelly, who captured the final berth on the Canadian Olympic luge team last December. "On the one hand, I had two technically strong runs. I'm really pleased abot that because it's important to be consistent coming into the Olympics. On the other hand, my final placing is not what I expected and not what I was hoping for."

Austria swept the podium, with Markus Prock capturing gold, Markus Kleinheinz taking silver and Rainer Margreiter claiming bronze. The victory, Prock's first in three years, moves him into first place in the over all World Cup standings.

The final Viessmann World Cup of the 2001-2002 season will take place next weekend in Winterberg, Germany.

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Source: Jennifer Pashniak, CLA
Information: Tim Farstad, CLA-OLTC, (403) 616-1397 or tfarstad@coda.ab.ca