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THREE CANADIANS CRACK THE TOP-15 AT LUGE WORLD CUP IN PARK CITY

- Canada’s Regan Lauscher slides to top-10 finish in her first World Cup of the season-Three Canadians managed to crack the top-15 in Luge World Cup racing today. Leading the Canadian squad was Red Deer, Alta. native Regan Lauscher, who turned in a strong 9th place in the Viessman Luge World Cup in Park City, Utah. Making her luge season debut on the 2002 Olympic track, the 26-year-old clocked a two-run time of one minute 28.285 seconds.

Lauscher, who won Canada's first ever World Cup silver medal, and finished 10th at the Torino Olympics, will race a condensed schedule prior to the holiday break this season, competing only in the North American events and will race full-time after the holidays when the top international luge circuit travels to Europe.

Alex Gough of Calgary continues to turn heads with her impressive performance. Gough, who is the youngest member of the Canadian squad at 19-years-old, was 17th after the first run but posted the 9th fastest time of the second heat (44.210) moving up five spots in the final standings to finish 12th with a time of 1:28.498. Teammate Meaghan Simister of Regina rounded out the Canadian women crossing the line in 21st place (1:29.207).

It was no big surprise to see the German women dominate the podium again today, marking their 66th consecutive Luge World Cup victory. It also marked the 30th gold medal performances by Silke Kraushaar-Pielach of Germany, who flew down the track in a time of 1:27.268 ahead of fellow German Silke Otto who claimed the silver in 1:27.533. Anke Wischnewski completed the podium sweep for Germany with a time of 1:27.725.

Meanwhile, in men’s action, Calgary’s Jeff Christie led the Canadian contingent with a solid 12th place finish. Coming off a disappointing 25th place in the opening World Cup in Italy, the 23-year-old slider, who finished 14th at his first Olympics in Torino, has consistently been Canada's men's singles leader on the World Cup but struggled to find his form this season. Today’s result is promising leading up to the World Cup in Calgary next week.

Christie was not the only Canadian man to turn in a solid result. Calgarians Sam Edney and Ian Cockerline both posted top-20 finishes, 17th and 19th respectfully. Both will be looking to improve those results next week when they host the world on their home track.

Italy’s Armin Zoeggler took one step closer to the record books by claiming his 32 victory on the World Cup circuit, just one shy of current record holders Markus Prock (Austria) and Gregory Hackl (Germany). The Olympic champion won the gold in a time of 1:30.112. German David Moeller took the silver with a time of 1:30. 217 and Switzerland’s Stefan Hohner won the bronze in 1:30.348, the best Swiss result in Luge World Cup history.

The Viessman Luge World Cup continues next week in Calgary, Alta. Come cheer on the Canadian National Luge Team as the take on the world on their home track.

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Women’s Singles Top-Five:

1.Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, GER, 1:27.268; 2. Sylke Otto, GER, 1:27.533; 3. Anke Wischnewski, GER, 1:27.725; 4. Tatjana Hufner, GER, 1:27.284; 5.Nina Reithmayar, USA, 1:27.884

Canadian Results:

9. Regan Lauscher, Red Deer, Alta., 1:28.285; 12. Alex Gough, Calgary, 1:28.498; 21. Meaghan Simister, Regina, 1:29.207

Men’s Singles Top-Five:

1. Armin Zoeggler, ITA, 1:30.112; 2. David Moeller, GER, 1:30.217; 3. Stefan Hohner, SUI, 1:30.348; 4. Reinhold Rainer, ITA, 1:30.494; 5. Johannes Ludwig, GER, 1:30.663

Canadian Results:

12. Jeff Christie, Calgary, Alta., 1:30.986; 17. Sam Edney, Calgary, Alta., 1:31.226; 19. Ian Cockerline, Calgary, Alta., 1:31.560; 25. Matt McMurray, Calgary, Alta., 1:32.362; 30. Nick Olson, Calgary, Alta., 1:54.822

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chris Dornan
Media and Public Relations
Canadian Luge Association
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