MATURING JEFF CHRISTIE CRUISES INTO TOP-10 AT LUGE WORLD CUPCanada’s Jeff Christie is on track towards grabbing his first podium appearance on the luge World Cup. The leader of the men’s Canadian Luge Team cruised to his third top-10 performance of the season after finishing eighth on Saturday in Oberhof, Germany.
The 23-year-old Calgarian, who led the young Canadian squad at the 2006 Olympics, racked up a two-run time of one minute 33.415 seconds – just one-tenth behind fourth spot – on a bumpy and challenging track in Germany. Despite a few challenges in his opening run, Christie put down his fourth fastest time of the year in the second heat.
“This is an extremely respectable performance by Jeff,” said Walter Corey, head coach, Canadian Luge Team. “His second run was nearly perfect (46.452). You didn’t need to see the time, it was one of those runs you just knew watching him go down it was a good one, and I’m very happy for him.”
Closing in on the podium, Christie has been the model of determination and commitment to the sport since joining the senior squad five years ago. Over the summer, Christie dedicated himself to getting stronger, and working on a new system which is clearly paying off.
“I just think it is a sign that he is maturing,” said Corey. “He was having trouble in training this week, but he worked hard and overcame his challenges. He’s now starting to be more aggressive, and use the curves to his advantage to help slingshot him and pick up speed. These are the signs of a good slider.”
Christie needs to make up fractions of a second if he is going to mount the World Cup podium. On Saturday, it was Germany’s David Möller who slid to the top step after clocking a combined time of 1:32.584. Möller’s teammate, Jan Eichorn, was second at 1:33.117, while the Olympic champion Armin Zöggeler, of Italy, settled for the bronze medal (1:33.124).
Three other Canadians, who call Calgary home, hit the start house in Germany. Struggling to find two consistent runs, Sam Edney finished 23rd (1:33.953); Matt McMurray was 30th (1:34.875); while Ian Cockerline was 31st (2:00.432).
The Viessmann Luge World Cup continues on Sunday in Oberhof, Germany with the women’s singles and men’s doubles races.
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Men’s Top-Five Results:
1. David Möller , GER , 1:32.584; 2. Jan Eichorn, GER, 1:33.117; 3. Armin Zöggeler, ITA, 1:33.124; 4. Martins Rubenis, LAT, 1:33.320; 5. Andi Langenhan, GER, 1:33.350.
8. Jeff Christie, Calgary, 1:33.415; 23. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:33.953; 30 Matt McMurray, Calgary, 1:34.875; 31. Ian Cockerline, Calgary, 2:00.432.
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