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Canada's Matt McMurray Gets Rough Ride During Senior Luge World Cup Debut
-Next stop is at home in Calgary for the

Media AdvisoryCanada's Matt McMurray failed to finish his first ever run during a senior World Cup competition on Sunday in the second men's singles race of the 03-04 Viessmann Luge World Cup in Altenberg, Germany.

The 19-year-old from Calgary, who qualified to compete in the World Cup A race by beating out over 30 international competitors, suffered a crash in the bottom section of a technical Altenberg track.

Canadian head Coach, Walter Corey, is positive about the young athlete's performance, and recognizes the value of top-level competition.

"Anytime an athlete this young can qualify for an A race and compete with the best in the world, on one of the most difficult tracks, it's a step in the right direction for him," said Corey. "Matt was running well before his crash and you can bet that he'll learn from what mistakes he made today."

Italy's Armin Zögeller claimed his second gold medal of the 03-04 season, posting a two-run time of 1:49.447. He was followed in second place by Austrian Markus Kleinheinz in a time of 1:49.634. North America was represented on the podium by third place finisher Tony Benshoof from the United States, who recorded a personal best and new track record on the way to a total time of 1:49.651.

The Canadian Luge Team will continue to Konigsee, Germany for a week of training before coming home to Calgary for the lone Canadian stop on the Viessmann Luge World Cup circuit, December 5-6, 2003.

"This young team is starting to see a chance for itself to get much better in a short amount of time as they compete against the best in the world," said Corey. "We're in for a hard week of training in Germany before coming home to race in front of a home crowd on a track that is well suited to our team."

MEN'S FINAL RESULTS

RankCountryNameTime
1ItalyArmin Zöggeler1:49.447
2AustriaMarkus Kleinheinz1:49.634
3USATony Benshoof1:49.651
4AustriaRainer Margreiter1:49.691
5GermanyJan Eichhorn1:49.761
6GermanyDennis Geppert1:49.768
7RussiaAlbert Demtschenko1:49.803
8AustriaMartin Abentung1:49.808
9ItalyWilfried Huber1:49.878
10GermanyGeorg Hackl1:49.949
DNFCanadaMatt McMurrayN/A


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