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Canada’s Youth Olympic Games Athletes Maya Yuen and Bastian van Wouw Strike Gold at Youth A Continental Cup Luge Race in

WHISTLER, B.C.—Two of Canada’s most promising feet-first sliders, Maya Yuen and Bastian van Wouw, won gold medals in the final Youth A Continental Cup races of the season on home ice at the Whistler Sliding Centre.

The 16-year-old Yuen rocketed to the top times in both blasts down the 11-corner track for a two-run time of 1:25.060 in the women’s race.

The soft-spoken Calgarian clocked times off 42.484 and 42.576 while sliding down Blackcomb Mountain.

“I had two really good runs after a rough week. I proved to myself that I could do this today, so I was really proud of myself,” said Yuen, who was 11th at Youth Olympic Games earlier this year. “It was a great opportunity to be sliding today.”

Great Britain’s Kaia Hatton slid to second spot at 1:25.568. Hometown girl, Allie Spence, locked up the bronze medal with a time of 1:26.693.

Yuen’s 2024 Youth Olympic Games teammate, Bastian van Wouw, took top spot on the podium in the men’s Youth A Continental Cup race. The eighth-place finisher in men’s singles action at the Gangwon Games, the 17-year-old van Wouw mixed together two consistent starts with a couple of clean runs down the technically challenging track to post a golden time of 1:22.214.

The Youth A Continental Cup race was held at the Whistler Sliding Centre, thanks to the financial support from the Government of Canada.

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