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THREE CANADIANS CRACK THE TOP-10 AT JUNIOR LUGE WORLD CUP

- Calgarian Stefan Rath is top Canadian for the day sliding to fifth place -Canada’s Junior Luge Team is tearing up the track in Europe, posting three top-10 finishes in the youth A men’s and women’s division. Stefan Rath of Calgary was top Canuck, sliding to fifth place, with teammate and fellow Calgarian, Tristan Walker right behind him in eighth.

“I’m disappointed that I wasn’t on the podium, but this is still a good result,” said Rath. “The track was really fast and lots of fun and I am pretty happy with the way I slid. It was neat race because we got to slide at night, under the lights.”

In youth A women’s, 16-year-old Arianne Jones continues to make strides towards the podium. The Calgary native finished seventh in a time of one minute 27.969 seconds, bettering the eighth-place result from her Junior World Cup debut earlier this season.

“I had a few problems at the bottom on the sections, but things went pretty well all around,” said Jones. “I’m pretty excited to be doing so well this early on in the season. My goal is to keep improving every run and hope I can make it on to the podium this year.”

It was a full sweep for the Germans, as they stood atop the podium in all three events, youth A men’s, women’s and doubles.

The Junior World Cup continues on Saturday, December 9 with the junior men’s and junior women’s competition.

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Complete Results: www.fil-luge.org

Youth A men’s results:

1. Martin Kunze, GER, 1:31.725; 2. Georgi Talypov, RUS, 1:31.845; 3. Ralf Palik, GER, 1:31.906; 4. Kevin Weighs, GER, 1:31.992; 5. Stefan Rath, Calgary, Alta., 1:32.000

Other Canadian results:

8. Tristan Walker, Calgary, Alta., 1:32.273; 14. David Adair, Calgary, Alta., 1:33.229

Youth A women’s results:

1. Daniela Schwab, GER, 1:25.276; 2. Dajana Eltberger, GER, 1:25.422; 3. Tatjana Ivanova, RUS, 1:26.113; 4. Andrea Metzenleitner, GER, 1:26.630; 5. Agnese Koklaka, LAT, 1:26.814

Canadian result:

7. Arianne Jones, Calgary Alta., 1:27.969