Luge Canada

Canada's Jeff Christie Breaks Into Top 12 on Home Ice at Canada Olympic Park
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Media AdvisoryCanada's high-performance luge athletes worked hard to defend their home track by placing three athletes in the top-20 at the only stop on the Viessmann Luge World Cup in Calgary on Friday evening.

Calgary's Jeff Christie led the Canadian contingent posting a thrilling second-run time of 45.199 for a two-run total of 1:30.630, less than one second back of the day's leader. Fellow Canadians Ian Cockerline and Matt McMurray, both from Calgary, completed their best-ever senior World Cup results. Cockerline finished in 14th place with a time of 1:30.729, while McMurray finished 17th in 1:30.782.

"My second run was great, I tried to let the sled run and it was great to perform this well in front of a home crowd with so many familiar faces around," said the 20-year-old Christie, whose top-12 finish is one of four needed to qualify for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. "Being on home ice, you can bet that I wanted to slide well today. There was a lot of pressure, but this race proves that if I put down two solid runs, I can compete with the best in the world."

Germany's David Möller won the event with a combined time of 1:29.664. Italy's Armin Zöggeler, who finished with a combined time of 1:29.777 grabbed second spot on the podium, while Tony Benshoof of the United States captured the last podium spot with a time of 1:29.876.

Earlier in the day, Sam Edney of Calgary, won the Nations Cup event with a time of 45.675. A Canadian squad consisting of Jeff Christie, Regan Lauscher of Red Deer, Alta., Grant Albrecht of Red Deer, Alta. and Eric Pothier of Airdrie, Alta., placed fourth in the team competition.

The Viessmann Luge World Cup continues on Saturday in Calgary with the men's doubles at 9 a.m., and women's singles event at 1 p.m. The women's team will be led by Olympian Regan Lauscher, 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 on Sunday, including Grant Albrecht and Eric Pothier, who finished fourth last year at this event.

Video highlights for Sunday's events are available with the following satellite coordinates:
Telstar 5 - Transponder 25


1GermanyDavid Möller1:29.664
2ItalyArmin Zöggeler1:29.777
3USATony Benshoof1:29.876
4GermanyGeorg Hackl1:30.178
5RussiaAlbert Demtschenko1:30.235
6SwitzerlandStefan Höhener1:30.282
7GermanyDenis Geppert1:30.324
8AustriaRainer Margreiter1:30.392
9AustriaMarkus Kleinheinz1:30.418
10GermanyJan Eichhorn1:30.605
12CanadaJeff Christie1:30.630
14CanadaIan Cockerline1:30.729
17CanadaMatt McMurray1:30.782

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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