CANADA TAKES BRONZE IN LUGE WORLD CUP TEAM EVENT
Making its World Cup debut, the team relay consists of one doubles team, one woman and one man competing for a combined time. What made this race different than previous team competitions was the introduction of a relay-type system that had the athletes tagging off on a rubber mat at the finish, which in turn opened the gate at the start for the next team member.
Canada’s team consisting of Calgarian brothers Mike and Chris Moffat, Regan Lauscher of Red Deer, Alta., and another Calgarian, Jeff Christie, crossed the line in third place with a combined time of two minutes 42.501 seconds. The German favourites of Leitner and Resch, Silke Kraushaar-Pielach and David Möller took the gold, with a combined time of 2:41.211, while Austria’s team of Schiegl and Schiegl, Nina Reithmayer and Daniel Pfister, claimed the silver in 2:42.473.
The performance puts Canada in top spot in the overall team standings, with 215 points. Germany and the USA are tied for second with 200 points. With only one event left, Team Canada is looking to maintain their lead on the rest of the field.
Earlier in men’s singles action, 23-year-old Olympian, Jeff Christie put together another strong performance against the world’s best lugers. With a two-run time of 1:36.099, Christie finished in 10th place, a solid result for the first race after the holiday break.
“I am pretty happy with my result today,” said Christie. “I am really confident in my sled right now which makes it easier to concentrate on sliding, rather than other things. I know my sled is running fast and that it’s just a matter of driving two consistent runs. I think I did that today.”
Fellow Calgarians, Sam Edney and Ian Cockerline also competed in the men’s event, finishing 23rd (1:36.608) and 26th (1:37.230) respectfully.
The team travels to Oberhof, Germany for next week’s World Cup event, where summer time track changes have the athletes excited to get sliding.
“Some changes were made to the track in Oberhof,” said Christie, “and I am excited to see what has been done. Rumour has it that the changes should make things a bit easier and maybe that will open up the field a little bit.”
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Team top-five results:
1. Germany – Leitner/Resch, Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, David Möller, 2:41.211; 2. Austria – Schiegl/Schiegl, Nina Reithmayer, Daniel Pfister, 2:42.473; 3. Canada – Moffat/Moffat, Calgary, Regan Lauscher, Red Deer, Alta., Jeff Christie, Calgary, 2:42.501; 4. USA – Grimette/Martin, Julia Cluckey, Tony Benshoof, 2:42.842; 5. Italy – Oberstolz/Gruber, Sarah Podorieszach, Armin Zöggler, 2:44.178
Men’s Singles top-five:
1. Albert Demtschenko, RUS, 1:35.472; 2. Armin Zöeggler, ITA, 1:35.541; 3. David Möeller, GER, 1:35.679; 4. Stefan Höhener, SUI, 1:30.348; 5. Jan Eichhorn, GER 1:35.719
10. Jeff Christie, Calgary, 1:36.099; 23. Sam Edney, Calgary,1:36.608; 26. Ian Cockerline, Calgary,1:37.230
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