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Moffat brothers hungry for podium after up and down world cup season

Canada's brother tandem of Chris and Mike Moffat wrapped up the World Cup season with an 11th-place finish in the men's doubles competition at the Luge World Cup in Sigulda, Latvia on Sunday.

The Calgary duo, who helped Canada win a silver medal in the Overall World Cup Team Competition last week, teamed up to post a two-run time of one minute 27.661 seconds on the Latvian track. The two brothers, who are poised to slide their way onto the international podium, have consistently threatened for top-10 results this season with their best finish being an eighth-place result last Sunday in Germany. The lone Canadian doubles sled was only 1.769 seconds off the leading pace today.

"We had two of our best runs of the week today, but just lost too much time at the top of the track and couldn't catch up," said Mike Moffat, who added the team finished the season in 10th-spot in the overall World Cup standings. "We had an up and down year. We didn't reach our goal of getting to the podium, but I can tell you we are now more hungry than ever, and we'll work our butts off this summer to get better."

While the Moffat's continue to find was to shed thousandths of a second off their time, it was the Italian entry's who led the international charge on Sunday, claiming the top-two spots on the podium. Olympic bronze medallists, Gerhard Plankensteiner and Oswald Haselrieder, slid into the winners circle with a time of 1:25.892, while Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber were second at 1:25.954. The Olympic champions from Austria, Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger rounded out the podium in Latvia after stopping the clock at 1:26.254.

The Canadian team will now travel home to Calgary for the 2007 Canadian Championships at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, March 10-11. For the first time in the history of Canadas sliding programs, the Canadas bobsleigh, luge and skeleton athletes will hold a joint Canadian Championships event in Calgary to officially wrap up their competitive seasons.

"I think this is going to be a fun Canadian Championships," said Mike Moffat. "We take the Canadian Championships very seriously, and it gives us another opportunity to get home and test our sleds and technology on some good ice, so we're looking forward to it."

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Men's Top-Five Doubles and Canadian Results:

1. Plakensteiner/Haselrieder, ITA, 1:25.892; 2. Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:25.954; 3. Linger/Linger, AUT, 1:26.254; 4. Grimmette/Martin, USA, 1:26.550; 5. Schiegl/Schiegl, AUT, 1:26.806.

Canadian Results:

11. Moffat/Moffat, Calgary, 1:27.661

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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