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Canada’s Jeff Christie and ian cockerline slide into top-25 at luge world championships

It was a bittersweet day for Canada’s Jeff Christie in the men’s singles event at the Luge World Championships in Igls, Austria. Finishing 22nd in a field of over 50 of the world’s best luge athletes, and achieving his best result at the tricky Austrian track, would normally be a great achievement but after the strong season he has been having, the result falls a bit short of his expectations.

“I have mixed feelings about my race today,” said Christie. “Historically, I have not done very well at this track having crashed a number of times, so to come out and put down a couple of decent runs is great. At the same time, I have been consistently in the top-10 this season, so I can’t help but be disappointed in today’s result.”

On the flip side, Calgary’s Ian Cockerline has been struggling through a difficult season filled with inconsistency. Cockerline came into today’s race with little to no expectations, making his 25th-place finish a welcome result.

“I knew coming into this year that things were going to be challenging,” said Cockerline. “I made some equipment and technique changes and I knew it would affect my sliding. Today’s race is a big confidence booster because I laid down two consistent runs against the fastest sliders in the world. Now I just have to carry this momentum for the last few races of the season.”

It was no surprise to see Germany’s David Möeller and Italy’s Armin Zöeggler battle it out for the gold medal. Separated by a mere +0.007, Möeller came out on top, finishing the two-run race in one minute 38.052 seconds, leaving his rival to settle for the silver medal. Jan Eichhorn, of Germany, took the final spot on the podium +0.111 off his winning teammate.

Other Canadians in the race were Sam Edney, of Calgary, who finished 32nd and Matt McMurray, also of Calgary, who finished 33rd.

The Moffat brothers will get their chance to take on the world’s best, Sunday, in the doubles event, along with the Canadian women in the single’s event.

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Complete Results: www.fil-luge.org

Men’s Singles Top-Five:
1. David Möeller, GER, 1:38.052; 2. Armin Zöeggler, ITA, +0.007; 3.Jan Eichhorn, GER, +0.111; 4. Albert Demtschenko, RUS, +0.423; 5. Stefan Höhener, SUI, +0.465

Canadian Results:
22. Jeff Christie, Calgary, +1.187; 25. Ian Cockerline, Calgary, +1.569; 32. Sam Edney, Calgary; 33. Matt McMurray, Calgary

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