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Canada’s Moffat brothers settle for 12th-place at luge world championships

- Regina’s Meaghan Simister slides into 18th-place -It was another day filled with mixed emotions for the Canadian Luge team at the World Championships in Austria. The Calgary doubles team of Chris and Mike Moffat laid down two competitive runs, a feat they have struggled to accomplish this season. However, the 12th-place result falls short of their goal to break into the ever elusive top-eight.

“The Moffat’s drove really well today,” said Walter Corey, head coach. “For the first time this season, they put together two consistent runs and drove well but just didn’t have the speed to carry them through to the finish.”

Germany’s Leitner and Resch set a track record in the first run, and went on to win their fourth World Championship title, with a two-run combined time of one minute 19.285 seconds. Austrian brothers Schiegl and Schiegl took the silver, +0.116 behind the Germans, and Americans Grimette and Martin claimed the bronze, +0.215 off the winning pace.

In women’s action, 20-year-old Meaghan Simister continues to boast some of the fastest starts in the world. Simister, who hails from Regina, is a regular among the top-five starters, but is still in the development stage of her driving career, completing the race in 18th-place, +0.995 behind the winner, Tatjana Hüfner from Germany.

“Meaghan had a fantastic first run, but is still struggling with consistency,” said Corey. “She is one of the best starters in the world, but needs more time and experience to get to the same level in her sliding. The raw talent is there, it’s just a matter of putting it all together for two runs. This is a really great result for Meaghan.”

The women’s podium was again crowded with Germans. Tatjana Hüfner battled with her countrymen to take top spot, with a combined time of 1:19.808. Teammate Anke Wischnewski was second, +0.030 behind and Silke Kraushaar-Pielach had to settle for bronze, +0.172 out of the winning spot.

Calgary’s Alex Gough was the only other Canadian in the race today. Gough fell just short of the second run top-20 cut-off, exclusive to World Championship competition, and finished the day in 24th.

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Complete Results: www.fil-luge.org

Doubles top-five results:
1. Leitner/Resch, GER, 1:19.285; 2. Schiegl/Schiegl, AUT, +0.116; 3. Grimette/Martin, USA, +0.215; 4. Linger/Linger, ITA, +0.244; 5. Plankensteiner/Haselreider, ITA, +0.248

Canadian Results:
12. Chris and Mike Moffat, Calgary, +0.693

Women’s top-five results:
1. Tatjana Hüfner, GER, 1:19.808; 2. Anke Wischnewski, GER, +0.030; 3. Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, GER, +0.172; 4. Natalie Geisenberger, GER, +0.284; 5. Erin Hamlin, USA, +0.321

Canadian Results:

18. Meaghan Simister, Regina, +0.995; 24. Alex Gough (did not qualify for second run)

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chris Dornan
Media and Public Relations
Canadian Luge Association
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