Luge Canada

Canadian Duo Falls Short of Top-10 Finish at Viessmann Luge World Cup in Oberhof
-Germans maintain their domin

Media AdvisoryCanada's Grant Albrecht and Eric Pothier kicked-off the new year one spot shy of a top-10 finish during men's doubles competition at the Viessmann Luge World Cup in Oberhof, Germany on Saturday.

The Canadian duo suffered a disappointing 11th-place result on the technically challenging track, finishing out of the top-10 for the first time this season. Albrecht, of Red Deer, Alta., and Pothier, of Airdrie, Alta., finished today's race with a two-run combined time of one minute 25.090 seconds.

"We had some great training runs this week, probably some of the best runs ever this season, but unfortunately it didn't continue into the race today," said Pothier, who along with Albrecht, posted their best result of the season with a top-five finish during World Cup competition in Calgary. "You have good days and bad days - today was just not a good day for us."

Some familiar faces made it onto the podium in Oberhof. Germany's Andre Florschütz and Torsten Wustlich slid to their second gold medal performance of the season after posting a two-run time of 1:23:789. Teammates Christian Lorenz and Marcel Baude took home the silver medal with a time of 1:24:065, while Austria's Tobias Schiegl and Markus Schiegl rounded out the top-three at 1:24:126.

Canada's Sam Edney and Gwyn Lewis, who are rookies on the World Cup this year, finished in 15th with a time of 1:37:251. There were 16 sleds in today's competition.

The Viessmann Luge World Cup continues on Sunday in Oberhof with the men's and women's singles racing

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Men's Doubles Top-Five Results:
1. Florschütz/Wustlich, GER, 1:23:789; 2. Lorenz/Baude, GER, 1:24:065; 3. Schiegl/Schiegl, AUT, 1:24:126; 4. Schmidt/Forker, GER, 1:24:164; 5. Plankensteiner/Haselrieder, ITA, 1:24:278;

Canadian Results:
11. Grant Albrecht, Red Deer, Alta., and Eric Pothier, Airdire, Alta., CAN, 1:25:090; 15. Sam Edney, Calgary, and Gywn Lewis, Calgary, CAN, 1:37.251.

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