Canada's Jeff Christie Slides Into Top-15 at Viessmann Luge World Cup
-Canada's Regan Lauscher posts a disappointi
The 21-year-old Vancouver native, who is experiencing his best season ever on the World Cup circuit, finished today's race with a two-run combined time of one minute 30.008 seconds. Christie clocked runs of 45.010 and 44.998 respectively.
"I am very, very pleased with the way I performed," said Christie, who until today had never placed higher than 30th on the technically demanding Oberhof track. "I haven't had success at this track before so I wasn't expecting anything huge. To place 13th for the second time this season, I am just thrilled."
Russia's Albert Demtschenko, who is currently first in overall World Cup standings, claimed his second gold medal win of the season posting a two-run time of 1:29:231. Germany's David Möller, who was bumped from the top of the podium after two consecutive wins, settled for the silver medal at 1:29:249, while teammate Georg Hackl rounded out third (1:29:389).
Calgary's Sam Edney, who was the only other Canuck to compete in today's men's singles race, posted his best result of the season to finish in 21st spot. The 20-year-old clocked a combined time of 1:30.534.
Proving their continued dominance on the World Cup stage, the German women swept the podium with Barbara Niedernhuber claiming gold at 1:23:737. Teammate Sylke Otto followed in second place to take the silver medal at 1:23:755, while Silke Kraushaar rounded out third (1:23:793). Calgary's Meaghan Simister posted Canada's top result in women's singles racing finishing in 15th spot at 1:25:703.
Meanwhile, Canadian team veteran Regan Lauscher suffered a disappointing setback during her history-making season, finishing today's race in 16th place. The 24-year-old Red Deer, Alta., native, who became the first Canadian luge athlete to win a silver medal in the 28-year history of the luge World Cup, finished the race with a time of 1:25:715.
"This is a big disappointment for me, especially with the momentum that I have been building so far this season," said Lauscher. "I had every opportunity to do well and for me to slide how I did is just extremely frustrating. I have to learn from what happened here today and move on from it."
The Viessmann Luge World Cup will continue in Konigssee, Germany, January 5-6.
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COMPLETE TEAM RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org
Men's Singles Top-Five Results:
1. Albert Demtschenko, RUS, 1:29:231; 2. David Möller, GER, 1:29:249; 3. Georg Hackl, GER, 1:29:389; 4. Armin Zöggeler, ITA, 1:29:400; 5. Jan Eichhorn, GER, 1:29:431.
13. Jeff Christie, Vancouver, CAN, 1:30:008; 21. Sam Edney, Calgary, CAN, 1:30:534.
Women's Singles Top-Five Results:
1. Barbara Niedernhuber, GER, 1:23:737; 2. Sylke Otto, GER, 1:23:755; 3. Silke Kraushaar, GER, 1:23:793; 4. Tatjana Hufner, GER, 1:24:494.
15. Meaghan Simister, Calgary, CAN, 1:25:703; 16. Regan Lauscher, Red Deer, Alta., CAN, 1:25:715.