Luge Canada

Canadian National Luge Team at Viessmann World Cup #3 - Altenberg, Germany

Canada Luge - Media ReleaseIn Men's singles competition today, Canada's Luge athletes finished with mixed results. Top Canadian was Chris Moffat who posted a 16th place finish in the field of 40 international competitors. Moffat was 2.08 seconds behind first place finisher Armin Zoggeler (Italy) and less than 2 seconds behind 1998 Olympic Gold medalist Georg Hackl of Germany. Juniors Kyle Connelly and Mike Moffat, competing at the Senior level, finished 23rd and 32nd respectively. Eric Pothier was unable to start due to an injury in a training run earlier in the week and Tyler Seitz crashed coming out of curve five on his first run.

"My training runs were great and I was looking for good results this weekend," commented Tyler Seitz. "I'm still trying to figure out what happened coming out of curve five - all I know is that it was quick and it hurt!."

Canada showed much better in doubles and womens competition. Regan Lauscher, of Red Deer finished 15th in a field of 32 women racers. Lauscher is now Canada's lone lady luger on the World Cup circuit as Kristin Dyer returned to Canada last week due to illness.

The junior doubles team of Grant Albrecht and Mike Moffat came close to breaking into the top 10 in a senior world cup with an 11th place finish out of20 teams. Team mates Chris Moffat and Eric Pothier placed 16th despite Pothier racing with an injured hand.

'This weekend's race was about gaining experience at the senior level and gaining confidence on one of the hardest tracks in the world," reported Coach Andre Benoit.