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Next Generation of potential luge Olympians battle for supremacy in Junior Canadian Championships

Media AdvisoryOne week after their senior counterparts took to the technically challenging Olympic track in Torino, Italy, Canada’s top high-performance junior luge athletes competed for national crowns in women’s, men’s singles and doubles competition at Canada Olympic Park on Sunday.

Fresh off recording impressive results on the junior World Cup circuit, a number of sliders continued to make their case as potential future Olympians during the Canadian showdown. Andrea Petersen, who sledded to a bronze medal finish in her first career junior World Cup race last December, took the national crown in the junior women’s category after posting a two-run tally of 1:38.68. Rounding out the junior women’s podium was Denae Delcourt, who clocked in at 1:42.097 to win silver, while Arianne Jones slid to the bronze.

In the junior men’s division, Nick Olson slid to the gold medal honour with a two-run time of 1:36.037. Brendan Hauptman, a newcomer to the Canadian junior luge squad, continued his steady development after recording a time of 1:36.635 en route to the silver medal. Rounding out the podium was Stefan Rath, who won the bronze with a two-heat total of 1:37.734. The duo of David Adair and Cameron Gunn, who placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in junior men’s singles, also teamed up to claim the national junior doubles crown in a time of 1:35.567.

In other results from the Canadian Junior Luge Championships, Nicole Van Damme, Kimberley McRae and Elene Corrigall finished first, second and third, respectively, in the junior women’s youth A race, while Justin Snith, Ben Austin and Taylor Donegan made up the podium in the junior men’s youth A division. In the junior women’s youth B category, Dayna Clay posted the top time of 1:33.505, while Raina Lebbert sledded into second place with 1:43.664. Paul Ehmann was the top finisher in the junior men’s youth B event, and slid to a two-heat total of 1:40.795.

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 www.luge.ca on the Internet.

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Doug McIntyre
Media and Public Relations
Canadian Luge Association
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