Elite junior luge athletes battle for national titles at the 2007 junior canadian championshipsJust a few weeks after battling the world's best at the Junior World Championships on the Olympic track in Torino, Canada's next generation of luge athletes took to their home track in Calgary, each looking to be crowned national champion.
National titles were handed out in the men's and women's singles - junior, youth A and youth B categories, and the doubles category at CODA's Canada Olympic Park, over the two days of competition. Still riding high from her sixth-place finish at the Junior World Championships, 19-year-old Olympian, Alex Gough stood atop the podium in the women's singles event, posting a two-run combined time of one minute 30.631 seconds.
This is the first national title for Gough, who has just returned home after a successful season on the World Cup circuit. Denae Delcourt was runner-up for the second year in a row, grabbing the silver medal with a two-run tally of 1:31.747, +1.116 off the winning pace. 2006 champion, Andrea Petersen took the last spot on the podium, with a time of 1:31.890.
In the junior men's division, it was a golden day for Brendan Hauptman, who edged out his competitors by over a second to claim the national title. Hauptman, who was the runner-up in 2006, posted a two-run time of 1:35.347, +1.029 ahead of Stefan Rath (1:36.373) who claimed the silver. Rounding out the top-three was Cameron Gunn (1:37.086), who also teamed up with David Adair to take the national title in the doubles category.
National champions were also crowned in the youth A and B division for both men and women. Laura Glover, Elena Corrigall and Jordyn Caron were the top-three in the youth A women's race, while Matt Bennet, Peter Koltes and John Fennell were the medal winners in the youth A men's race. Jordan Smith took top spot in the youth B women's race, followed by Anna O'Neil in second and Valerie Harbour in third. It was a family affair in the youth B men's race, with brothers Brian and Warren Marriott battling it out for top spot. Brian managed to hold off his sibling to take the title, with Warren in a close second. Evan Wildman took the bronze medal spot.
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