Sam Edney Goes it Alone and Posts Solid Result in Men's World Cup Luge
-Two Canadians make the podium in Nations C
Edney, 19, spends most of his time on a sled with his doubles partner, Gwyn Lewis, but qualified in the singles category for this World Cup event, and posted a two-run time of 1:39.878.
"I'm pleased with today's result, because its only the second World Cup this year that I competed in singles," said Edney, who was last year's singles overall Junior World Cup Champion. "My second run was a fight the whole way down, but I made it through some tough sections and that helps to build my confidence for the doubles events."
Ian Cockerline, of Calgary, was the other Canadian who qualified for today's race, but ran into some trouble on his second run and did not finish.
Germany's Georg Hackl, the most successful athlete in World Cup luge history, won today's gold medal in a time of 1:38.050. Armin Zöggeler, of Italy, captured the season's overall title, with his silver medal performance and a combined time of 1:38.091. The last step on the podium went to David Möller, of Germany, whose 1:38.345 time was good enough for bronze.
In Nations Cup action at Igls, two Canadian athletes climbed up the podium after one run down the track. 16-year-old Madison Dupuis, of Calgary, won the women's singles event in a time of 40.937. In men's singles, Vancouver's Jeff Christie took the silver medal in a time of 49.724.
The Viessmann Luge World Cup continues in Igls, Austria 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 young Calgarian team of Marshall Savill and Winston Davis. The women's race will be run by Red Deer, Alta. native Regan Lauscher and Regina's Meaghan Simister.
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