Luge Canada

Canadian junior lugers continue to tear up the track in France
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Media AdvisoryWhile their senior comrades battle their international rivals back home in Calgary in the fourth installment of the Viessmann Luge World Cup, the Canadian junior luge squad continues to rack up impressive results on the youth circuit.

One day after 16-year-old Andrea Petersen slid to a bronze medal in her Junior World Cup debut, another 16-year-old, Stefan Rath, added to the Canuck's trophy case after earning a silver medal in the Youth A junior men's singles races on Saturday.

The sliding prospect took to the track in times of 42.189 and 42.887 seconds for a combined total of 1:24.578. Only Italy's Daniel Hollrigl, with a two-heat total of 1:24.469, recorded a better time on the day than the young Canadian.

Also recording strong results for Canada was 19-year-old Monica Gorham, who slid to a seventh-place finish in the Youth B women's races out of 23 sleds entered. The Calgary resident clocked in with a two-heat total of 1:33.175.

Another 19-year-old Calgary competitor, Nick Olsen, posted a strong result in the Youth B men's singles race, by tallying a two-run combined time of 1:31.530. The result placed Olsen sixth out of the 40 sleds entered.

Given the stellar results of the Canadian junior luge athletes today and yesterday, the future looks bright for a national senior program already brimming with medal potential.

"The successes of these young athletes bodes well for the future of the national senior luge team," said Tim Farstad, executive director, Canadian Luge Association. "With the strength of these up-and-coming sliders, we can be ensured the Canadian Luge Team will be very competitive in the seasons to come."

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 on the Internet.

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Chris Dornan
CODA, Communications Specialist
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