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CANADA’S ALEX GOUGH NABS SIXTH-PLACE AT THE JUNIOR LUGE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

- Strong performance by the team sees two Canadian women in the top-15 -It was a successful day on the Olympic track for the Canadian women’s luge team at the Junior World Championships in Torino, Italy. Calgary’s Alex Gough led the Canadian contingent, taking sixth-place in the women’s singles event Saturday.

“I am pretty happy with the result today,” said Gough. “I improved my start time from training which was one of my goals and put down two consistent runs. I want to use the momentum from today’s result, moving forward to the World Championships in Igls, Austria next weekend.”

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. Teammate and fellow Calgarian, Andrea Peterson was 23rd. Peterson has been achieving consistent results on the Junior World Cup circuit, with two top-15 finishes under her belt.

Regular competitors in the youth A women’s category, 16-year-old, Arianne Jones and 17-year-old, Denae Delcourt, both of Calgary, found themselves competing against the top junior athletes in the world. Starting from a higher start house, Jones turned in an exceptional race, grabbing 15th-place against the older women’s field. Junior World Cup rookie, Delcourt was 24th.

Calgarian doubles tandem of Cameron Gunn and David Adair had some trouble, crashing in the first run, and were unable to complete the race. The junior men are back on the track Sunday to take on the world’s best in the singles event.

The Canadian Luge Association is the governing body for luge racing in Canada. The CLA is responsible for developing our nation’s high-performance luge athletes and promoting the sport across the country. For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at www.luge.ca

Complete Results: www.fil-luge.org

Canadian results:
6. Alex Gough, Calgary
15. Arianne Jones, Calgary
23. Andrea Peterson, Calgary
24. Denae Delcourt, Calgary
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