Luge Canada

Canadian junior luge athletes slide to strong results in third World Cup race of the season
-Rookie Andrea Peterse

Media AdvisoryAs the countdown begins to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, a young crop of sliding hopefuls are making a strong case that the Canadian Luge Team should be very competitive when the Winter Olympics touch down in Vancouver in 2010.

Coming off strong performances in last week's races, the Canadian national junior squad posted four top-10 results on Tuesday during the third Junior World Cup race of the season.

Fresh off winning a bronze medal in her debut on the international junior circuit, Andrea Petersen continued to burn up the track after posting a fifth-place finish in the Youth A women's division. The 16-year-old Calgary native recorded a two-heat total of 1:26.148.

The feat was matched by Monica Gorham in the Junior Women category. The 19-year-old posted a time of 1:33.424 for a fifth-place result.

In other results, the doubles team of Cameron Dunn and David Adair slid to a seventh-place finish after putting up a two-run time of 1:25.75. In the Youth A men's race, 16-year-old Stefan Rath tallied 1:25.995 en route to a 10th-place finish. Rath, incidentally, won a silver medal last week in the Youth A men's category.

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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