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CANADA’S DOUBLES LUGE TEAM BATTLE INJURIES TO TAKE 14TH PLACE IN VIESSMAN LUGE WORLD CUP

- Moffat brothers unable to qualify for men’s doubles race -Canadian luge doubles partners Grant Albrecht and Eric Pothier were the lone sliders for Canada in the Viessman Luge World Cup in Park City, Utah. The duo slid to a mediocre 14th place on the 2002 Olympic track, in a time of one minute 27.967 seconds.

“All things considered, we slid pretty well, the times just weren’t there,” said Pothier. “We were pretty slow at the start and that affected the rest of the run on this fast track. Grant is still recovering from an injury last year so we just need to be patient and keep working at it.”

Albrecht suffered a bulging disk last season that is not fully healed, however the 2005 Canadian doubles luge champions are looking to return to top-10 form in time for next week’s World Cup in Calgary.

“We have been in the top-five before in Calgary,” said Pothier. “Hopefully being at our home track will give us back the edge we need to break into the top-10, if not on the podium.”

2005-06 comeback kids Chris and Mike Moffat of Calgary, were on pace for a fast qualifying run in the nations cup, but ran into difficulty on the bottom of the speedy Olympic track. As a result they missed the cut for the doubles race and did not compete today.

The Viessman Luge World Cup continues Saturday with the men’s and ladies singles event. Calgarian Regan Lauscher, who won Canada’s first ever silver medal in luge, will make her World Cup season debut.

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Complete Results: www.fil-luge.org

Doubles Top-Five Results:
1. Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:26.784; 2. Leitner/Resch, GER, 1:26.795; 3. Plankensteiner/Haselrieder, ITA, 1:26.916; 4. Grimmette/Martin, USA, 1:27.033; 5. Linger/Linger, AUT, 1:27.115.

Canadian Result:
14. Albrecht/Pothier, Calgary, Alta., 1:27.967
DNQ Moffat/Moffat, Calgary, Alta.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chris Dornan
Media and Public Relations
Canadian Luge Association
T: 403-470-9546