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Canadians Albrecht and Pothier Slide to Best Result of Season in Salt Lake City
-United States men's doubles retur

Media AdvisoryCanada's men's doubles luge athletes enjoyed a successful return to the 2002 Olympic Track in Salt Lake City, Utah, posting their best results of the young Viessmann Luge World Cup season

The Canadian contingent, led by veterans Grant Albrecht of Red Deer, Alta. and Eric Pothier of Airdrie, Alta., finished with a two-run time of 1:28.785, good enough for 8th place in a very tight race. The only other Canadian entry in the field featured 18-year-old Calgarian Marshall Savill, and 17-year-old Winston Davis of Calgary, who finished 14th after qualifying for their second straight World Cup event.

"We made a very small mistake on our second run that cost us dearly in the standings," said Albrecht, who has been making adjustments to the team's sled to improve overall times. "The international field has improved so much since last year, that you have to put together a top-five start, and a near-perfect run to make it to the podium."

The American duo of Mark Grimette and Brian Martin returned to the World Cup circuit from injury by winning on home ice. The duo captured the gold in a time of 1:28.055. Two teams from Germany were close on their heels. Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch were second (1:28.253), while teammates André Florschütz and Torsten Wustlich leave Salt Lake City with the bronze (1:28.314).

The Viessmann Luge World Cup continues on Saturday in the Olympic city with the men's and women's singles events. The Canadian team is anxious to get out of the start house as Calgarians Jeff Christie, Ian Cockerline, Matt McMurray and Sam Edney will be blazing down the track in Canadian colours. Cockerline finished second in Thursday's qualification run.

Four Canadian women have also qualified to suit up on Saturday including: Regan Lauscher of Red Deer, Alta., Meaghan Simister of Regina, and two other young Calgarians, Monica Gorham and Madison Dupuis.

MEN'S DOUBLES RESULTS:

RankCountryNameTime
1USAGrimette/Martin1:28.055
2GermanyLeitner/Resch1:28.253
3GermanyFlorschütz/Wustlich1:28.314
4ItalyOberstloz/Gruber1:28.511
5ItalyPlankensteiner/Haselrieder1:28.594
6USANiccum Wohlleb1:28.709
7AustriaSchiegl/Schiegl1:28.762
8CanadaAlbrecht/Pothier1:28.785
9AustriaLinger/Linger1:28.858
10GermanySchmidt/Forker1:28.937
14CanadaSavill/Davis1:30.346


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