Luge Canada

Canadian Luge Athletes Begin Final Journey Towards 2006 Olympic Games
-CODA track crew begins installation of ice

Media AdvisoryThe road to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games starts this week in Calgary for a crop of talented Canadian luge athletes. The Canadian Luge Association will hold its second annual Edworthy pre-season start competition in the Ice House at Canada Olympic Park, Thursday, September 29, 2005, from 8:30-10 a.m.

The event is the first of a three-part pre-season training camp to determine who will compete on the national team at World Cup events this season, and ultimately, lead them on a crusade to qualifying for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Each athlete will count his/her best two out of three starts towards the final results.

All athletes will also complete a dryland training session this week, while the on-track race offs will be conducted October 9 and 15 in Calgary, and in Lake Placid, USA during the week of October 18-23. The final team selection will be announced at a media conference in Toronto, October 24.

Track Icing Media Opportunity:
CODA's track supervisor, Tracy Seitz, and his team will be working diligently over the next week installing ice on the Olympic Track. The track crew, who can maintain ice on the track with outside temperatures reaching +30 degrees, are targeting to have the track open by October 4. It will mark the earliest date on record that CODA has opened the track, in an effort to better prepare Canada's sliding athletes for the Olympics this winter. A media photo opportunity and interview session will be available with Seitz on the track following the luge start competition Thursday morning.

WHO: Canadian Luge Team
Walter Corey, Head Coach
Tracy Seitz, Track Supervisor
WHERE: Canada Olympic Park - Ice House
Calgary, Alta
WHEN:Thursday, September 29, 2005
8:30-10 a.m.
SCHEDULE:Singles Runs 1-3 8:30 a.m.
Doubles Runs 1-3 9:30 a.m.
Track Icing Photos 10 a.m.

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Chris Dornan
CODA, Communications Specialist
T: 403-247-5423