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Canadians Albrecht and Pothier Break Top-10 in Tight Finish at Lake Placid Track
-Italy's pair of Oberstolz and Gr

Media AdvisoryCanada's men's doubles luge team spent this morning sliding against the world's best in Lake Placid, New York, in a Viessmann Luge World Cup event, where less than eight tenths of a second separated the top-10 finishers.

There were six Canadian athletes flying down the ice, led by veterans Grant Albrecht, of Red Deer, Alta., and Eric Pothier, of Airdrie, Alta. They finished with a two-run time of 1:30.431, good enough for 10th-place against a tough international field on a bumpy 1980 Olympic track.

Other Canadian athletes in the events included 18-year-old Calgarians Marshall Savill, and 17-year-old Winston Davis, who finished 14th after qualifying for their third straight World Cup event. Sam Edney and Gwyn Lewis, also both from Calgary, had trouble on their first run and finished well back off the lead time, falling to 15th place overall.

The World Cup's top-ranked doubles lugers Christian Oberstolz and Patric Gruber won today's gold medal in Lake Placid with a combined time of 1:29.545. Two German teams collected silver and bronze, led by Sebastian Schmidt and Andre Forker who were second in a time of 1:29.557. Their teammates André Florschütz and Torsten Wustlich came third in 1:29.617.

The Canadian squad will now return home for training and a holiday break, before continuing the Viessmann Luge World Cup, January 17-18, 2004 in Winterberg, Germany.

WOMEN'S SINGLES RESULTS:

RankCountryNameTime
1ItalyOberstolz/Gruber1:29.545
2GermanySchmidt/Forker1:29.557
3GermanyFlorschütz/Wustlich1:29.617
4USANiccum/Wohlleb1:29.736
5ItalyPlankensteiner/Haselrieder1:29.790
6AustriaLinger/Linger1:29.851
7USAGriffal/Joye1:29.884
8GermanyLeitner/Resch1:29.995
9AustriaSchiegl/Schiegl1:30.103
10CanadaAlbrecht/Pothier1:30.341
14CanadaSavill/Davis1:33.029
15CanadaEdney/Lewis1:48.383


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 www.luge.ca on the Internet.

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