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Canadian National Luge Team at Viessmann World Cup #5 in Calgary

Canada Luge - Media ReleaseUnder sunny skies and strong winds, the world's best in Men's Doubles and Womens Luge competed at Canada Olympic Park in the fifth Viessmann Luge World Cup of the 1999/2000 season.

It was a clean sweep of the podium for Germany in women's competition as Sonja Wiedemann, Barbara Niedernhuber and Silke Kraushaar finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. German Sylke Otto set a new Calgary track record of 44.336 seconds in her first run however slipped to 5th place on her second run.

Top Canadian woman was Regan Lauscher, of Red Deer, who finished 17th in the field of 27 athletes. Lauscher, a Junior aged athlete competing at the senior level, had a combined two-run time of 1:31.731 minutes, less than two seconds behind Gold Medalist Sonja Wiedemann's time of 1:29.913. Lauscher has competed in four of the five World Cups held thus far in the 1999/2000 season and has accumulated enough points to hold 19th in overall World Cup point standings. Also competing for Canada were Junior 1 women Bree Babione (22nd) and Jessie Lalonde (27th), both of Calgary.

In men's doubles, Canadian seniors Chris Moffat and Eric Pothier finished 14th with a time of 1:35.594 followed by the first year Junior doubles team of Mike Lane and Colin Clachrie who clocked a two-run time of 1:38.155. Germans Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch took Gold with a time of 1:29.279 followed by fellow countrymen Steffen Skel and Steffen Woller. The only country represented on the podium today other than Germany was USA's doubles team of Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin who claimed Bronze.

Men's singles competition goes December 12 at Canada Olympic Park with Nagano '98 Olympic Gold Medalist Georg Hackl of Germany going head to head against current World Cup leader Armin Zoeggeler.