Canada's Jorgen Krause Posts Personal Best World Cup Result
-Germany's Georg Hackl makes it 33 World Cup victory's
The 22-year-old Didsbury, Alta., native, who is in his rookie year on the Viessmann Luge World Cup circuit, finished the day's race in 23rd spot. Krause clocked runs of 49.569 and 49.687, to finish with a combined time of one minute 39.256 seconds on the Igls track.
"I feel like this is a great step forward, as this is my best result on a European track," said Krause, who has competed in four World Cup events this season. "It shows me I can be there with the top sliders in the world. It is a good confidence booster and I am looking forward to competing on a similar track next week in Winterberg (Germany)."
Germany's legendary Goerg Hackl finished the day on top to earn the gold medal, clocking in a combined time of 1:37:553. Markus Kleinheinz of Austria secured the silver medal with his second place finish of 1:37:721. Italy's Armin Zöggeler rounded out the podium to take the bronze medal at 1:37:818.
Vancouver's Jeff Christie, who is leading the Canadian men on the World Cup circuit this season, was the only other competitor to slide with the maple leaf in Saturday's race. Christie, who has maintained top-15 standings for most of the season, finished the day in 29th place after suffering a crash at the end of his second run. Christie finished the race with a time of 1:40:557.
"I crashed over the second last turn then slipped over the line," said Christie. "Sometimes you have to just take what happens and move on from it."
Viessmann Luge World Cup racing will continue in Igls on Sunday with the women's singles and men's doubles competition.
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Top-Five Men's Results (29 sleds):
1. Georg Hackl, GER, 1:37:553. 2. Markus Kleinheinz, AUT, 1:37:721; 3. Armin Zöggeler, ITA, 1:37:818; 4. Jaroslav Slavik, SVK, 1:38:045; 5. Tony Benshoof, USA, 1:38:133.
Canadian Results (29 sleds):
23. Jorgen Krause, Didsbury, Alta., CAN, 1:39:256; 29. Jeff Christie, Vancouver, CAN, 1:40:557.