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Canadian Team Slides To Silver In Team Event At Junior Luge World Championships
-Canadian quartet post best-ever r

Media AdvisoryCanada showed the world they are one of the best, sliding into second place to grab the silver medal in the team event at the junior luge world championships in Winterberg, Germany on Friday.

The Canadian quartet slid to their best-ever result in the team competition, finishing the day with a combined time of two minutes 29.195 seconds.

"I think this shows the strength of our team," said Meaghan Simister, Calgary, who finished the race with the second fastest time on the women's draw. "I think my result today proves that if I have a good run, I will podium again tomorrow."

Rounding out the Canadian team was Calgary's Mike Jepson, who slid into third spot in men's singles, and Marshall Savill, Calgary, and Aaron Christensen, Kimberly, B.C., who slid into fifth spot in men's doubles.

"This shows the depth of talent on our junior team," said Chris Moffat, coach, Canadian junior team. "I think today's event sets the tone for tomorrows individual events. I think is it more than possible, especially with Meaghan (Simister) sliding so well today, that we will see another podium finish.

Germany claimed the top spot to take home the gold medal in the team event, clocking in a combined time of 2:28.349. Rounding out the podium to grab the bronze medal was the four-person team from Russia, who slid to a time of 2:29.346.

Competition will continue on Saturday in Winterberg, Germany with singles competition.

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Top-Five Team Results:
1. Ludwig/Geisenberger/Wendl/Arlt, GER, 2:28.349;
2. Jepson/Simister/Savill/Christensen, CAN, 2:29;195;
3. Bespalov/Kneib/Khamkin/Boytsov, RUS, 2:29.346;
4. Mortensen/Retrosi/Mortensen/Thorne, USA, 2:29.350;
5. Kuchar/Novakova/Harnis/Regec, SVK, 2:30.543.

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