Luge Canada

World's Best Set to Battle for Viessmann Luge World Cup in Calgary- Public can enjoy German band, beer and bratwu

Media AdvisoryThe Canadian Luge Team is back home at Canada Olympic Park for the only Canadian stop on the Viessmann Luge World Cup, December 5-6, 2003.

After three days of training runs, the Canadian squad is eager to set their blades on ice to compete against more than 100 athletes representing 24 countries.

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 25th and 19th respectively, on this track last year.

The women's team will be led by Olympian Regan Lauscher of Red Deer, Alta., who returns to World Cup action after missing the first two European events to be in Calgary to complete her semester in school. Three doubles teams will wear the maple leaf this weekend including Grant Albrecht of Red Deer, Alta. and Eric Pothier of Airdrie, Alta., who finished fourth last year at this event.

Last year's winners on the Olympic track were Sylke Otto of Germany (women's singles), Armin Zoeggeler of Italy (men's singles) and Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch of Germany (men's doubles). Also at the 2002 Calgary event, Canadian Tyler Seitz finished third, Canada's first World Cup podium result, before retiring from the sport.

WHO: Canadian Senior Luge Team
WHAT: Lone Canadian World Cup Luge race event
Free admission, luge rides and entertainment
One dollar for beer and bratwurst or pop and hot dog
WHERE: Canada Olympic Park, Calgary
WHEN: Friday, December 5:
Nation's Cup 12 noon
Team Competition 3 p.m.
Men's Singles 5 p.m.
Saturday, December 6
Men's Doubles 9 a.m.
Women's Singles 1 p.m.
MEDIA: Media accreditation can be obtained in the media centre located at the Bob Niven Training Centre. To obtain video highlights from the satellite feed please contact Chris Dornan at 403-247-5423.

The Canadian Luge Associaton is the governing body for luge racing in Canada. In partnership with CODA, the Canadian Luge Association operates the Olympic Luge Training Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, which develops our nation's high-performance luge athletes and promotes the sport across the country. For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at on the Internet.

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