THREE CANADIANS CRACK THE TOP-15 AT JUNIOR LUGE WORLD CUP IN AUSTRIAThe Canadian Junior Luge squad continues to put down solid results on the Junior World Cup circuit, which bodes well for the future of luge in Canada.
Rookie slider, Arianne Jones has shown remarkable poise and confidence competing against the world’s best junior luge athletes, capturing her third top-15 result of the season in the Youth A women’s division. The Calgary native flew down the track with a combined time of one minute 24.224 seconds, good enough for 11th spot.
“It was a pretty good way to end the first half,” said the 16-year-old. “I had a bit of trouble all week in the starting curves, and I just couldn’t make up the time. It’s been a great experience so far, and with my results I have pre-qualified to come back in the second half and compete in the Junior World Championships on the Olympic track in Torino.”
On the junior women’s side, fellow Calgarian Andrea Peterson also marked her third top-15 of the season, sliding into 14th place with a two-run combined time of 1:23.574, while teammate Denea Delcourt was 20th in 1:25.454.
In other sliding action, the doubles team of Cameron Gunn and David Adair were back on the track, after missing the last race due to injury. The Calgary duo put together two consistent runs and came away in 14th spot, with a two-run combined time of 1:25.679.
“It wasn’t exactly the result we were hoping for,” said Gunn. “But it is still a strong result considering we missed last week’s race because of my concussion. We are hoping to get a good rest over the holiday break and come back second half with some top-10 results.”
The Junior World Cup continues on Saturday with the Junior and Youth A men’s races in Austria.
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Youth A Women’s Results:
1. Daniela Schwab, GER, 1:22.235; 2. Dajana Eitberger, GER, 1:22.400; 3. Andrea Metzenleitner, GER, 1:22.656; 4. Tatiana Ivanova, RUS, 1:23.375; 5. Carolyn McCann, USA, 1:23.400
11. Arianne Jones, Calgary, Alta. 1:24.224
Junior Women’s Results:
1. Natalie Geisenberger, GER, 1:21.406; 2. Steffi Sieger, GER, 1:21.674; 3. Carina Schwab, GER, 1:21.714; 4. Megan Sweeney, USA, 1:21.636; 5. Lisa Liebert, GER, 1:21.860
14. Andrea Petersen, Calgary, Alta., 1:23.674; 20. Denae Delcourt, Calgary, Alta., 1:25.454
Doubles Top-Five Results:
1.Wendl/Arlt, GER, 1:20.608; 2. Pietrasik/Welse, GER, 1:21.397;
3. Eggert/Oster, GER, 1:21.647; 4. Mazdzer/Terdiman, USA, 1:21.816; 5.Egger/Schweiger, AUT, 1:22.797
Canadian Doubles Results:
13. Cameron Gunn and David Adair, Calgary, 1:25.679
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