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CANADIAN JUNIOR LUGE TEAM CONQUERS OLYMPIC TRACK TO PLACE FOURTH IN THE JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

- Canada’s young hopefuls narrowly miss the podium by 0.09 seconds -Canada’s next generation of luge hopefuls conquered the Olympic track Friday, to finish in fourth-place, narrowly missing the podium by 0.09 seconds, in the team competition at the Junior World Championships in Torino, Italy.

The Canadian team consisted of men’s singles representative, Brendan Hauptman, of Kimberly, B.C., women’s singles representative, Alex Gough, of Calgary, and double’s team representatives, Cameron Gunn and David Adair, also of Calgary. This talented young squad completed the race in two minutes 45.690 seconds, +3.851 seconds off the winning German team, and a mere 0.09 seconds off the bronze medal spot.

“We were all hoping for a medal, so we are a bit disappointed,” said Gough. “We all had good runs, but a few little mistakes here and there left us in fourth, a tough place to end up, but still a good finish for the team.”

Gough, a member of the National Luge team, is making her final appearance at the Junior World Championships. Normally one of the youngest competitors on the World Cup circuit at 19, she is now the veteran on this young junior squad.

“This is my last Junior World Championships,” said Gough. “I am looking forward to the singles event on Saturday and hoping for at least a top-five finish to end my junior career.”

The team event consists of one run by each team member, for a combined total time. Germany was the top team on the day, with a combined time of 2:41.839. USA took home the silver, +1.427 off the lead, and Latvia put down the second fastest doubles time to move into the bronze medal position, +3.761 behind Germany.

The Canadian team will be back in the medal hunt Saturday, with the women’s singles and the double’s event.

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Complete Results: www.fil-luge.org

Team competition top-five results:

1. Germany, 2:41.839, Felix Loch, Natalie Geisenberger, Toni Eggert/Marcel Oster;
2. USA, 2:43.266, Christopher Mazdzer, Megan Sweeney, Chris Mazdzer/Jayson Terdiman
3. Latvia, 2:45.600, Kristaps Maurins, Agnese Koklaca, Oskars Gudramovics/Peters Kalnins
4. Canada, 2:45.690, Brendan Hauptman, Alex Gough, Cameron Gunn/David Adair
5. Romania, 2:46.237, Valentin Cretu, Chiras Miheala, Cosmin Chetroiu/Ionut Taran

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Chris Dornan
Media and Public Relations
Canadian Luge Association
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