Luge Canada

Ian Cockerline Posts Best European Result of His Career as Lone Athlete to Represent Canada
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Media AdvisoryCanada's Ian Cockerline finished 21st today, on a snowy track in Winterberg, Germany, at the sixth event of the Viessmann Luge World Cup.

Cockerline, a 19-year-old from Calgary, took to the ice in the first World Cup luge event of 2004, and posted a two-run time of 1:53.235.

Late last night, the German team won a protest to scrap the results of Friday's qualification run, in which four Canadians qualified for today's event. This morning, after a snowfall delay, the qualification run was repeated and only Cockerline finished high enough to slide in the World Cup.

"I'm pretty happy with my result today. I was sliding consistently all week, which sure paid off after having to run in the qualifications twice," said Cockerline, who is trying to equal his top-15 World Cup result in Calgary, on one of the European tracks. "I felt a little lonely up at the start hut, but I'm motivated to keep getting better and I put down two solid runs today."

Two generations of German luge athletes won the gold and silver medals today. Georg Hackl, the 37-year-old, five-time Olympian, came first in a time of 1:51.211. He was followed, in the silver medal position, by his young teammate, 22-year-old David Möller, in 1:51.488. The bronze medal was won by the world's number one ranked luge athlete, Armin Zöggeler (1:51.887) of Italy.

In Nations Cup action at Winterberg, Madison Dupuis of Calgary finished third in a time of 47.489. The 16-year-old has been competing in both World Cup and Nations Cup events this season.

The Winterberg stop on the Viessmann Luge World Cup continues on Sunday with the men's doubles and women's singles events. Competing for Canada in the men's doubles are veterans Grant Albrecht, of Red Deer, Alta., and Eric Pothier, of Airdrie, Alta., and the Calgarian team of Sam Edney and Gwyn Lewis. The women's race will be run by Red Deer, Alta. native Regan Lauscher and Regina's Meaghan Simister.


1GermanyGeorg Hackl1:51.211
2GermanyDavid Möller1:51.488
3ItalyArmin Zöggeler1:51.887
4ItalyReinhold Rainer1:51.917
5LatviaGuntis Rekis1:51.935
6AustriaMarkus Kleinheinz1:52.066
7GermanyPatrick Dietzsch1:52.079
8USATony Benshoof1:52.144
9GermanyJan Eichhorn1:52.181
10SlovakiaJaroslav Slavik1:52.193
21CanadaIan Cockerline1:53.235

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