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Canadian Luge Team Begins World Cup Season Nov 15,16

The Canadian Luge Team will put their sleds on ice this weekend at the first World Cup race of the 2003-04 season in Sigulda, Latvia, site of last year's World Championships. The Canadian entry will consist of nine athletes who will compete in singles and doubles events.

Calgarians Sam Edney and Jeff Christie, the overall singles leaders from last year's Junior World Cup circuit, will be looking to better their senior results of 34th and 19th respectively, on this track last year. In doubles competition, Calgary's Grant Albrecht and Airdrie, Alta. native Eric Pothier are aiming for the podium after being in the top-15 last year at Sigulda.

This is the first race that features a rule change for the amount of training runs, intended to streamline the events and make them more suspenseful for spectators. The top-ranked competitors will receive fewer training runs, allowing more training time for less experienced athletes.

WHO: Canadian Senior Luge Team
WHAT: First World Cup race of the season
WHERE: Sigulda, Latvia
WHEN: Saturday, November 15 - Women's Singles and Men's Doubles
Sunday, November 16 - Men's Singles
MEDIA: For athlete interviews, please contact Andrew Exner at 403-247-5451.
RESULTS: Canadian results will be distributed immediately after the end of each competition.


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