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Canada's Jeff Christie Slides to Career Best on Winterberg Track

Media AdvisoryCanada's Jeff Christie climbed back into the top-15 in Viessmann Luge World Cup racing to secure a career best on the Winterberg track in Germany, Sunday.

Christie, of Vancouver, who slid his way back into the top of the heap after suffering a crash during World Cup racing last week Igls, Germany, powered his way into 15th spot with a two-run combined time of one minute 51.656 minutes.

"I'm relieved and quite satisfied to have two solid runs," said Christie, who slid to a disappointing 29th place last week, after crashing near the bottom of the Igls track on his second run. "This is a very positive result for me because I was able to bounce back so quickly. I took what I learned from crashing last week and turned it around to achieve a positive result here today."

The 21-year-old, who equaled his best-ever career result on the World Cup in Calgary last December when he finished in 12th, is leading the Canadian men on the World Cup circuit this season.

"My result today puts me in a positive frame of mind and gives me confidence in my sliding, which I am certain will carry over to the next World Cup event on the new Olympic Track in Torino, Italy."

Russia's Albert Demtschenko continued his dominance in luge World Cup racing this season, posting the fastest two-run combined time of the day at 1:50.336 to capture the gold medal. Germany's Georg Hackl slid into second spot to pick up the silver medal with a time of 1:50.434, while Italy's Armin Zöggeler rounded out third at 1:50.691

The Viessmann Luge World Cup will continue February 4-6, in Torino, Italy.

The Canadian Luge Associaton is the governing body for luge racing in Canada. In partnership with CODA, the Canadian Luge Association operates the Olympic Luge Training Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, which develops our nation's high-performance luge athletes and promotes the sport across the country. For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at www.luge.ca on the Internet.

COMPLETE TEAM RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org

Top-Five Men's Results (31 Sleds):
1. Albert Demtschenko, RUS, 1:50.336; 2. Georg Hackl, GER, 1:50.434; 3. Armin Zöggeler, ITA, 1:50.691; 4. Reinhold Rainer, ITA, 1:50.862; 5. Tony Benshoof, USA, 1:50.867.

Canadian Results (31 sleds):
15. Jeff Christie, Vancouver, CAN, 1:51.656.

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