Canada's Jeff Christie continues his strong slide to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games
-Luge athlete records personal
"This gives me lots of confidence," said the 22-year-old, who was born in Vancouver but called Calgary home for most of his life. "Even though my training didn't go as well as I'd would've liked this past week, today showed me that I could still be competitive when race day arrives."
Christie, who solidified his date in Torino with a career best fifth-place finish on his home track in Calgary last week, garnered a 13th-place result in men's singles in Lake Placid, after posting a two-run time of 1:49.163. He unleashed a head-turning performance on his first run by sliding to a time of 54.436 seconds, which had him sitting in a strong eighth-place position at the conclusion of the opening heat.
"I encountered some trouble on the second run, particularly on the third corner," said Christie. "I'm a little disappointed that I wasn't able to put two decent runs together. But that first run was by far my best time on this track and it was my best overall result here, so I'm pretty happy with how things went today."
Joining Christie at the competition was a pair of 21-year-old Calgary natives in Ian Cockerline and Sam Edney, with the former sliding into the 21st position with a two-heat time of 1:49.471. Edney, meanwhile, came in 26th after clocking in at 1:49.991, and is also gliding down a straight track to Torino. He posted a 14th-place finish in his Olympic qualifier last week in Calgary, a result that matched his previous career best.
Earning the top spot on the podium was Italy's Armin Zoggeler, who took the gold medal in a time of 1:47.434. American Tony Benshoof, meanwhile, bounced back after being disqualified last week in Calgary to grab the silver medal with a two-run time of 1:48.063. Rounding out the top sleds was current World Cup points leader Albert Demtschenko of Russia, whose two-heat mark of 1:48.194 gave him the bronze.
The Canadian Luge Team now returns home to Calgary for the Christmas break, and next travels to Konigssee, Germany, for the sixth World Cup race of the 2005-06 season from January 2 to 8.
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Men's Singles Top-Five Results (31 sleds):
1. Armin Zoggeler, ITA, 1:47.434; 2. Tony Benshoof, USA, 1:48.063; 3.Albert Demtschenko, RUS, 1:48.194; 4. David Moller, GER, 1:48.245; Viktor Kneib, RUS, 1:48.649.
Canadian Men's Results:
13. Jeff Christie, Vancouver, 1:49.163; 21. Ian Cockerline, Calgary, 1:49.471; 26. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:49.991.
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