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REGAN LAUSCHER KNOCKS ON PODIUM DOOR FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK AT WORLD CUP IN JAPAN

—Canada’s luge athletes determined to join other winter sports with early-season success—Canada’s Regan Lauscher overcame a slow start out of the gate and a couple of small mistakes down a unique World Cup track to post an eighth-place result in Nagano, Japan on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Red Deer, Alta. native, who finished fourth last week on her home track in Calgary, fought through treacherous conditions after drawing last-place in the start order, to post a combined time of one minute 42.309 seconds.

“This is another excellent result for Regan, and she continues to prove herself now each time she hits the start handles,” said Walter Corey, head coach, Canadian Luge Team. “Regan had huge trouble in the Nation’s Cup earlier in the week, and started last today, but she overcame all that and posted a really strong result and I’m proud of her today for doing that.”

Lauscher, who is sliding a condensed schedule in 2006 to restore her energy leading towards 2010, is quickly becoming one the strongest athletes in the history of the Canadian Luge Program. The journalism graduate has two top-10’s this year in as many races, and also claimed Canada’s first ever World Cup silver medal in the sport two years ago in Lake Placid, New York.

Lauscher nearly knocked off an enduring run of gold medals for the German women that day in New York, but the streak continued with a podium sweep on Sunday. Silke Kraushaar-Pielach won the 68th straight race for Germany in women’s luge after posting a two-run time of 1:40.804. The legendary Sylke Otto was second at 1:40.874, while Tatjana Hûfner, who won last week in Calgary, was third with a time of 1:41.372.

Germany also conquered the podium in men’s doubles action. Patric Leitner and Alexander Reich teamed up to solidify the gold-medal position with a time 1:39.633. Italy’s Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber took home the silver medal after stopping the clock at 1:39.866, while Germany’s Andrw Florschûtz and Torsten Wustlich made their way to the final step of the podium after sliding to a time of 1:39.885

Canada’s brother tandem of Chris and Mike Moffat joined forces to finish in 11th spot at 1:41.132. The Canadian brothers, who owned the track during Thursday’s Nation’s Cup, had a disappointing first run, making one mistake in corner 10 which cost them loads of time. The Canucks learned from their mistake, and put down the sixth-fastest time in the second run at 50.002.

The Canadians will return home this week for the holiday break, and focus on some physical and on-ice training to help prepare them for the lead up to the 2007 World Championships.

“As we push towards worlds, our goal is to work on our consistency which has cost our team numerous top-eight results and personal bests all year,” said Corey. “It is so competitive out here, that without consistency we cannot keep with the top of the pack. I feel our equipment and focus is better than ever. Our athletes are more hungry than ever before, and we are determined to join the rest of the winter sports in Canada with their early-season success.

The Canadian Luge Association is the governing body for luge racing in Canada. The Canadian Luge Association operates the Olympic Luge Training Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, which develops our nation’s high-performance luge athletes and promotes the sport across the country. For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at www.luge.ca on the Internet.

COMPLETE RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org

Women’s Singles Top-Five and Canadian Results:

1. Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, GER, 1:40.804; 2. Sylke Otto, GER, 1:40.874;
3. Tatjana Hûfner, GER, 1:41.372; 4. Ashley Hayden, USA, 1:41.715; 5. Anke Wischnewski, GER, 1:1:41.799.

Other Canadian Women Results:

8. Regan Lauscher, Red Deer, Alta., 1:42.309

Men’s Top-Five Doubles and Canadian Results:

1.Leitner/Resch, GER, 1:39.633; 2. Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:39.866;
3. Forschûtz/Wustlich, GER, 1:39.885; 4. Linger/Linger, AUT, 1:39.935;
5. Schiegl/Schiegl, AUT, 1:39.950.

Other Canadian Results:

11. Moffat/Moffat, Calgary, 1:41.132.

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