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Canada Showcases Next Generation of Luge Athletes at Junior National Championships
-Many juniors already competing

Media AdvisoryCanada's junior-aged luge athletes competed today for the crown of national junior champion in men's singles, women's singles and men's doubles events at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park.

Many of Canada's junior athletes are competing full-time on the Viessmann Luge World Cup circuit, but can compete in junior competitions if they are under 20-years-old.

The men's singles event was won by Calgary's Ian Cockerline, who finished in a two-run time of 1:35.380. He was followed by teammate and last year's junior World Cup overall points leader, Sam Edney of Calgary in second place. Marshall Savill of Calgary, who also competes in the men's doubles event finished in third place.

The women's singles event was won by Amanda Byrne of Calgary (1:31.069), who has already finished in the top-3 at a junior World Cup event in Austria. Calgarian Madison Dupuis finished in second place, followed by Alex Gough of Calgary who rounded out the top-3 spots.

In men's doubles action, Calgarians Sam Edney and Gwyn Lewis clinched the first place position in a time of 1:29.848. Two more Calgarians Marshall Savill and Winston Davis came second, while the last podium spot went to newcomers Devon Gell and Cameron Gunn in third place.

The Canadian senior luge squad will return to action January 17-18, 2004 in Winterberg, Germany, for the second half of the Viessmann Luge World Cup season.

MEN'S SINGLES RESULTS:

RankCountryNameTime
1CanadaIan Cockerline1:35.380
2CanadaSam Edney1:35.482
3CanadaMarshall Savill1:36.383
4CanadaMatt Babinec1:36.412
5CanadaNick Olson1:36.741


WOMEN'S SINGLES RESULTS:

RankCountryNameTime
1CanadaAmanda Byrne1:31.069
2CanadaMadison Dupuis1:31.241
3CanadaAlex Gough1:31.402
4CanadaMonica Gorham1:32.007
5CanadaSarah Podorieszach1:33.085


MEN'S DOUBLES RESULTS:

RankCountryNameTime
1CanadaEdney/Lewis1:29.848
2CanadaSavill/Marshall1:30.220
3CanadaGunn/Gell1:35.875


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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