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Canadian National Luge Team Departs for World Cup Tour

Canada Luge - Media ReleaseThe Canadian National Luge team departed today to Europe for a seven week Junior and Senior World Cup competition tour.

A total of 11 athletes were named to the combined Junior/Senior Canadian National Luge Team following the final selection race in Salt Lake City on October 29th. The team will be competing in Junior and Senior World Cup Luge events in Lillehammer (Norway), Altenberg, Konigssee, Oberhof (Germany) and Igls (Austria). Some members of the team will return to Calgary for the Viessmann Luge World Cup being held at Canada Olympic Park, December 6-12, with the balance of the team returning to Calgary December 20 for the Christmas tour break.

"Canada had great medal results last season in Junior World Cup events and the Junior World Championships," commented Tim Farstad, Program Coordinator for the Olympic Luge Training Centre. "We have top-ranked Junior athletes from last season moving up to the Senior circuit and a very strong group of returning veterans on the Junior and Senior teams in men's singles, doubles and ladies."

Former Olympic medallist and National Luge Head Coach, Marie Luise Raine, is assisted by fellow countryman,Karl Brunner, bringing his highly sought after technical expertise in sled construction to the national team. Also joining Rainer is a former Canadian Olympian, Coach Andre Benoit. This is the second time Rainer and Brunner have worked together, previously teaming up to lead the Italian National Team to two golds, a silver and a bronze at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.