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CANADA’S BRENDAN HAUPTMAN CAPTURES 13TH-PLACE AT THE JUNIOR LUGE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ITALY

Canada’s Junior Men’s Luge team challenged the world’s best on the Olympic track in Torino, Italy Sunday. Brendan Hauptman, of Kimberly, B.C., was top Canuck on the day, sliding to 13th-place.

“Brendan did a great job today,” said coach, Thorsten Ludewig. “He had some trouble in the top corners during the first run, but cleaned things up in the second run to move up from 16th into 13th spot. It was a good, solid race for him.”

Hauptman is part of the B.C. Sport initiative to recruit athletes within the province leading to Vancouver 2010. He has been consistently improving on the world stage with a 13th-place finish at the Junior World Cup in Oberhof, Germany, last month. He narrowly missed the top-20 at the 2006 Junior World Championships in Igls, Austria.

Joining Hauptman on the track were two Calgary youngsters. 16-year-old Stefan Rath and 15-year-old Tristan Walker, have been tearing up the tracks in the youth A men’s category. For the Junior World Championships, these teens have been starting from a higher start house and competing against the top junior athletes in the world. Rath and Walker finished 23rd and 26th respectively, a solid pair of results for these up-and-coming luge athletes.

NOTE: Correction from the women’s results on Saturday, Arianne Jones was 15th and Andrea Peterson was 23rd.

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:
13. Brendan Hauptman, Kimberly, B.C.
21. Stefan Rath, Calgary
26. Tristan Walker, Calgary
DNS Cameron Gunn, Calgary

Women’s results correction:
15. Arianne Jones, Calgary
23. Andrea Peterson, Calgary

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chris Dornan
Media and Public Relations
Canadian Luge Association
T: 403-470-9546