Luge Canada

Canadian Men and Women Fight Their Way Down Bumpy Lake Placid Track in Icy Temperatures
-Meaghan Simister best-eve

Media AdvisoryCold and snowy conditions on a difficult track couldn't slow down Regina's 17-year-old Meaghan Simister, as she continued her climb up the World Cup standings with a best-ever 13th-place finish, with a two-run time of 1:31.300 at the fifth stop on the Viessmann World Cup on Friday in Lake Placid, USA.

Canada's best result of the day came from 23-year-old Regan Lauscher, of Red Deer, Alta., who finished in 9th place, with a combined time of 1:30.875. Calgary's Monica Gorham, ran into some difficulties on the challenging World Cup stop and did not finish her first run.

Canada's Jeff Christie, of Calgary, was pre-qualified after last week's results, to compete in the men's singles race, along with the top-30 lugers in the world. He ended the day in 19th spot, Sam Edney, of Calgary, was the only other Canadian competing in the men's race, and finished 21st (1:49.356).

Italy's Armin Zöggeler returned to the top spot on the men's podium after winning the season's first two races. Zöggeler blazed down the track in his opening run setting a new track record in 53.554 seconds. The 29-year-old finished the day with a total time of 1:47.275. The silver medal went to luge legend Georg Hackl, of Germany, (1:47.747), while Hackl's young teammate, David Möller, (1:48.117) took third.

Two German women, Silke Kraushaar and Sylke Otto have been trading wins back and forth since the start of the season, and Friday was no exception. Kraushaar came out on top today, leading a German sweep of the podium after posting a time of 1:29.828. Sylke Otto was next in second place in 1:29.886, while the final podium spot went to Germany's Barbara Niedernhuber, who kept pace with the frontrunners in a time of 1:30.097. Today's victory marks the 77th consecutive women's World Cup luge race won by a German athlete.

This fifth stop of the Viessmann Luge World Cup continues on Saturday in Lake Placid with the men's doubles event. The Canadian squad will be led by Grant Albrecht, of Red Deer, Alta., and Eric Pothier, of Airdrie, Alta., who are currently ranked ninth in the world. Two other men's doubles teams qualified this morning for Saturday's two-run race. Marshall Savill and Winston Davis, along with Sam Edney with Gwyn Lewis, all of whom are from Calgary, will don Canadian colours on the weekend.


1ItalyArmin Zöggeler1:47.275
2GermanyGeorg Hackl1:47.747
3GermanyDavid Möller1:48.117
4USATony Benshoof1:48.329
5AustriaMarkus Kleinheinz1:48.491
6SlovakiaJaroslav Slavik1:48.520
7ItalyReinhold Rainer1:48.674
8AustriaRainer Margreiter1:48.681
9GermanyDennis Geppert1:48.721
10RussiaAlbert Demtschenko1:48.814
10ItalyWilfried Huber1:48.814
19CanadaJeff Christie1:49.332
21CanadaSam Edney1:49.356


1GermanySylke Otto1:29.828
2GermanySilke Kraushaar 1:29.886
3GermanyBarbara Niedernhuber1:30.097
4AustriaVeronika Halder1:30.556
5GermanyAnke Wischnewski1:30.572
6AustriaSonja Manzenreiter1:30.747
7ItalyAnastasia Oberstolz1:30.758
8USACourtney Zablocki1:30.851
9CanadaRegan Lauscher1:30.875
10USABrenna Margol1:31.054
14CanadaMeaghan Simister1:31.300
DNFCanadaMonica GorhamDNF

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