Canadian luge athletes struggle to find fast line in germany
The Calgary quartet included Olympians, Ian Cockerline, Sam Edney and Jeff Christie, and World Cup youngster, Matt McMurray. Cockerline led the way for the red and white, finishing in 21st with a time of one minute 49.943 seconds. Edney was in 24th (1:50.092), while McMurray was 29th (1:50.482), and Christie did not finish.
The track alone in Germany was hard enough. Mix in heavy snow and rain, and the best luge athletes in the world were faced head-to-head with a one of the most challenging tests of the season.
Nevertheless, it wasnt enough to stop the two-time Olympic champion, Armin Zöggeler of Italy, from setting a track record in his opening run at 54.151, and claiming his sixth World Cup victory of the season. Sliding into one of the most decorated athletes in the history of the Luge World Cup, Zöggelers victory on Sunday marks the 35th title of his career to go along with five trips to the golden spot on the podium at the world championship.
Germanys David Möller, who knocked off Zöggeler at last weekends World Championships in Austria, was slightly off the pace on his home track in Germany, finishing second at 1:49.022. Russias Alberta Demtschenko was third at 1:49.090.
While the Canadians struggled on Sunday, the future is looking bright on the eve of the three-year countdown to Canada hosting the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Earlier this week, the Canadian team won a silver medal in the Overall Team Competition on the World Cup. Heading into the final event of the World Cup season next week in Sigulda, Latvia, Jeff Christie has posted his name alongside the worlds elite in the top-10 on a consistent basis, as has the Moffat brothers in mens doubles. Canadas top women luge athletes have also clocked some of the fastest start times in the world, and positioned a sled within the top-15 each week.
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Top-5 Mens Results:
1. Armin Zöggeler, ITA, 1:48.936; 2. David Möller, GER, 1:49.022; 3. Albert Demtschenko, RUS, 1:49.090; 4. Martins Rubenis, LAT, 1:49.116; 5. Reinhold Rainer, ITA, 1:49.213.
21. Ian Cockerline, Calgary, 1:49.943; 24. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:50.092; 29. Matt McMurray, Calgary, 1:50.482; DNF. Jeff Christie, Calgary,
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