CANADIANS LOCKED IN TWELFTH SPOT AT LUGE WORLD CUP IN GERMANY
Regan Lauscher, of Red Deer, Alta., and Calgary’s Meaghan Simister finished 12th and 15th respectively in women’s singles, while Chris and Mike Moffat grabbed 12th spot in men’s doubles.
Lauscher, who has been consistently in the top-10 throughout the year, was poised for another finish with the top of the pack, but ran into some driving problems in her second run and fell off the pace with a two-run time of one minute 28.696 seconds. It was welcomed company for Lauscher in the top-15 when Canadian teammate, Meaghan Simister, posted her best result of the season. The 20 year old was fast on the challenging German track posting a time of 1:28.902
“Overall I’m pretty happy with the women’s sleds,” said Walter Corey, head coach, Canadian Luge Team, while travelling with the squad down the road to Altenburg, Germany. “Regan ran into some problems, but her starts are getting better and she knows she can be at the top. This was a great result for Meaghan, and gives her something to build on so we’re definitely happy about that. The key is to continue to be consistent and have two good runs and that can be applied to the entire team.”
Joining the two Canadian women in the top-15 was doubles tandem, Chris and Mike Moffat, who also finished 12th (1:28.322) in men’s doubles. The Moffat duo, who were the lone Canadian sled in men’s doubles, were also sitting in the top-10 after the first run, but struggled with the start in the final heat, and fell back in the standings.
“The Moffat’s sled is running fast, but we just had some bad luck today,” said Corey. “Our team is on the right track. We have three sleds (Jeff Christie, Regan Lauscher, Moffat brothers) who are sliding really fast right now. As a team, we all have to step it up and challenge ourselves to push us to the next level, and that includes athletes and coaches. I’m pleased with where we are at heading into World Championships in a few weeks.”
While the Canadians continue to pick up speed, it was another ho-hum day for the German women, stealing the top-four spots in the standings. Silke Kraushaar-Pielach slid to her fifth World Cup victory of the season after clocking a time of 1:27.568 on her home track. Tatjana Hûfner was second (1:27.861), while Corinna Martini completed the German sweep in third (1:28.120).
Italy’s Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber teamed up to win gold and their third World Cup victory in men’s doubles action. The Italian duo posted a time of 1:27.373, while Germany’s Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch settled for the silver medal (1:27.483), and Italy’s Gerhard Plankensteiner and Oswald Haselrieder rounded out the podium in third at 1:27.550.
Calgary’s Alex Gough was the only other Canadian sled entered on Sunday, and finished 23rd (1:30.577).
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Women’s Top-Five Results:
1.Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, GER, 1:27.568; 2. Tatjana Hüfner, GER, 1:27.861; 3. Corinna Martini, GER, 1:28.120; 4. Anke Wischnewski, GER, 1:28.207; 5. Martina Kocher, SUI, 1:28.319.
12. Regan Lauscher, Red Deer, Alta., 1:28.696; 15. Meaghan Simister, Calgary, 1:28.902; 23. Alex Gough, Calgary, 1:30.577.
Doubles Top-Five Results
1.Oberstozl/Gruber, ITA, 1:27.373; 2. Leitner/Resch, GER, 1:27.483; 3. Plankensteiner/Haselrieder, ITA, 1:27.550; 4. Schmidt/Forker, GER, 1:27.601; 5.Schiegl/Schiegl, AUT, 1:27.686.
Canadian Doubles Results:
11. Chris and Mike Moffat, Calgary, 1:28.322.
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