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CANADA'S MOFFAT BROTHERS CAPTURE FIRST TOP-10 OF THE LUGE WORLD CUP SEASON

Regan Lauscher narrowly misses top-10 finishThe holiday break proved beneficial as Canada's brother tandem of Chris and Mike Moffat put together their first top-10 finish of the season in the Double's Luge World Cup event in Königssee.

The Calgarian duo finished eighth on the technically challenging Königsee track, with a time of one minute, 36.367 seconds. Despite being their best result of the season, these brothers are hungry for a lot more.

"I would say this is an average result," said Mike. "Obviously we are pleased to be in the top-10 for the first time this season, but we are definitely not satisfied with the way we slid today. Our goal is to be making the top-six on a regular basis and we are knocking on that door, but we have to be more consistent and avoid making those little errors that are costing us time against such a tight field. Hopefully we can use the momentum from this result moving forward into World Championships in a few weeks."

Germany's Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch continue to shut the door on Italy's Oberstolz and Gruber, again taking the gold in 1:35.137. Oberstolz and Gruber nabbed the silver with a time of 1:35.605 and bronze went Germany's Schmidt and Forker, who finished the two-run race in 1:35.894.

In women's action, Red Deer, Alta., native Regan Lauscher narrowly missed grabbing her third top-10 of the season, sliding into 11th place, with a time of 1:37.614. The 26-year-old sited troubles out of the start in the first run.

"This track has a really flat platform," said Lauscher. "I hit the wall twice out of the start on my first run and that killed my speed. Other than that, I was pretty happy with my run. There were three or four of us who were very close after the first run and I was hoping to move up a few spots, but I was unable to make up any time on the field."

Alex Gough of Calgary just missed breaking into the top-15, ending up 17th, with a time of 1:38.444. Regina's Megan Simister posted the 16th fastest time of the first heat but crashed in the second run and was unable to finish.

The unbeatable Germans took their 69th consecutive win, sweeping the podium in front of their adoring fans. Silke Kraushaar-Pielach captured the gold, posting a two-run time of 1:36.154. Tatjana Hüfner was second at 1:36.332 and Anke Wishchnewski took the bronze with a time of 1:36.500. Legendary Silke Otto was left off the podium, sliding into fourth place at 1:36.641.

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Women's Singles top-five results:
1. Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, GER, 1:36.154; 2. Tatjana Hûfner, GER, 1:36.332; 3. Anke Wischnewski, GER, 1:36.500; 4. Sylke Otto, GER, 1:36.641; 5. Julia Clukey, USA, 1:37.202

Canadian Women Results:
11. Regan Lauscher, Red Deer, Alta., 1:37.614; 17. Alex Gough, Calgary, 1:38.444; Megan Simister, Regina, DNF

Men's Doubles top-five results:
1. Leitner/Resch, GER, 1:35.157; 2. Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:35.605; 3. Schmidt/Forker, GER, 1:35.894; 4. Schiegl/Schiegl, AUT, 1:36.024; 5. Linger/Linger, AUT, 1:36.146

Canadian Results:
8. Moffat/Moffat, Calgary, 1:36.367

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