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Moffat brothers slide to eighth spot at viessmann luge world cup in germany

Germans dominate on home track in doubles and womens singles racingCanadas brother tandem of Chris and Mike Moffat posted one of their best results of the season after sliding into eighth spot in the mens doubles competition at the Luge World Cup in Winterberg, Germany on Saturday.

The Calgary duo, who helped Canada win a silver medal in the Overall World Cup Team Competition on Friday, teamed up to face the challenge of sliding on one of the most difficult luge tracks in the world. The Moffats posted a two-run time of one minute 29.651 seconds.

In addition to the Moffats, Canada also had two sleds entered in the womens singles races. Reginas 20-year-old Meaghan Simister, who is among the top-five fastest starters in the world, continues to work on putting together two consistent runs each race. Simister clawed her way into 18th spot in Germany with a time of 1:56.844. Calgary teenager, Alex Gough, piloted the only other Canadian sled in womens action. The 19-year-old matched her age in the rankings, finishing 19th (1:56.890).

However, it was the Germans who taught the world a lesson on how to slide on their home track in Winterberg, winning both the mens doubles and womens singles titles.

Patrick Leitner and Alexander Resch claimed their fourth gold medal of the season after posting a time of 1:28.930, and are on pace to claiming the Overall World Cup title when the final event of the season is staged next week in Sigulda, Latvia. Saturdays victory marked the 27th trip to the golden position on the podium in the German duos career. The Germans held off the Olympic bronze medallists, Gerhard Plankensteiner and Oswald Haselreider, of Italy, who finished in second at 1:29.167, while two-time world champions, Tobias Schiegl and Markus Schiegl, of Austria, were third (1:29.181).

Germanys Tatjana Hqfner also continued her torrid pace on the World Cup. The recently crowned world champion set a new start record and track record (57.278) on her second run, en route to taking home the gold medal. Hqfner clocked a combined time of 1:54.633, while her teammate, Anke Wischnewski was second at 1:54.735. Ukraines Natalia Yukushenko prevented the German sweep after stealing third spot with a time of 1:54.787.

The Viessmann Luge World Cup continues in Winterberg, Germany on Sunday with the mens singles race.

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Womens Singles Top-Five and Canadian Results:

1. Tatjana Hqfner, GER, 1:54.633; 2. Anke Wischnewski, GER, 1:54.735; 3. Natalia Yukushenko, UKR, 1:54.787; 4. Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, GER, 1:54.994; 5. Corinna Martini, GER, 1:55.280.

Canadian Women Results:

18. Meaghan Simister, Regina, 1:56.844; 19. Alex Gough, Calgary, 1:56.890

Mens Top-Five Doubles and Canadian Results:

1.Leitner/Resch, GER, 1:28.930; 2. Plakensteiner/Haselreider, ITA, 1:29.167;
3. Schiegl/Schiegl, AUT, 1:29.181; 4. Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:29.230; 5. Lorenz/Bauder, GER, 1:29.308.

Canadian Results:

8. Moffat/Moffat, Calgary, 1:29.651

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Chris Dornan
Media and Public Relations
Canadian Luge Association
T: 403-470-9546
E-mail: pqbeana@pbqn.pn