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2007 canadian luge champions crowned at coda's canada olympic park

Three new Canadian Champions will be added to the record books after a Beautiful day of competition at the Luge Canadian Championships, Sunday, in Calgary. While the warm weather conditions created some issues for the track crew, it provided the perfect backdrop for the crowning of the 2007 luge champions.

It was great to see so many people out to cheer on the athletes, said Tim Farstad, executive director, Canadian Luge Association. We had a few delays due to the warm weather melting some sections of the ice, but the track crew did a fantastic job of fixing it and getting us back on schedule.

The big surprise of the day came in the men's singles event. Vancouver's Jeff Christie was the definite favourite coming into the race, and was sitting with a comfortable lead after the first run. However, troubles in the lower section of the second run saw that lead diminish leaving the door open for Calgary's Sam Edney.

Edney put together the fastest run of the second heat, fast enough to pass Christie and take the title of Canadian Champion in the mens singles event, with a two-run combined time of one minute 29.772 seconds. Christie took the silver medal with a time of 1:29.917, followed by surprise bronze medallist, and Junior Canadian Champion, Brendan Hauptman, of Kimberly, B.C., in 1:30.917.

I am still a bit shocked, said an ecstatic Edney. I had some problems in the bottom section of the first run so I just wanted to clean it up for the second run and give myself a chance. All I could do was hope that Jeff would make a mistake, and luck was on my side today. We are always pushing each other and that is what we need to keep improving. I am thrilled about the way things turned out today.

In women's action, Calgary's Alex Gough left doubt about who was the out-and-out champion. The 19-year-old won both runs of the two-heat event, her closest competition more than a full second behind.

It's a pretty great way to end the season, said Gough. I didn't have the best season on tour, so it is really nice to come home and finish on such a positive note, as Canadian Champion.

Gough stopped the clock in 1:34.330. Her World Cup teammate, Meaghan Simister, of Regina, was second, with a time of 1:35.351. Denae Delcourt, also of Calgary, gave the crowd and herself a bit of excitement in the braking stretch when her sled flipped backwards, eventually causing her to crash. Luckily, she was already across the finish line and in third place no less. Delcourt won the bronze medal in 1:36.425.

Finally, in the doubles race, Calgarian brothers Mike and Chris Moffat were the winners on the day, posting the two fastest times, for a total of 1:28.769. Grant Albrecht, of Calgary and Eric Pothier, of Airdrie, Alta., came together to take the silver medal, +0.420 seconds off the winning pace. The junior team of Cameron Gunn and David Adair, both of Calgary, showed their potential in taking the bronze medal, only +1.217 seconds behind.

It's really great to be home, said Mike Moffat. We have been sliding here for the last two weeks in preparation for this race, and it's nice to be in our own beds. There is no better way to end the season then as Canadian Champions.

Full results will be available at www.luge.ca

Men's singles top-five:

1. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:29.772; 2. Jeff Christie, Vancouver, 1:29.917; 3. Brendan Hauptman, Kimberly, B.C., 1:30.917; 4. Ian Cockerline, Calgary, 1:30.939; 5. Nick Olson, Calgary, 1:30.992

Women's singles top-five:
1. Alex Gough, Calgary, 1:34.330; 2. Meaghan Simister, Regina, 1:35.351; 3. Denae Delcourt, Calgary, 1:36.425; 4. Arianne Jones, Calgary, 1:36.608; 5. Andrea Peterson, Calgary, 1:36.705

Doubles top-five:
1. Moffat/Moffat, Calgary, 1:28.769; 2. Albrecht, Pothier, Calgary/Airdrie, 1:29.189; 3. Gunn/Adair, Calgary, 1:29.986; 4. Edney/Cockerline, Calgary, 1:30.413; 5. Savill/Christensen, Calgary, 1:31.251

The Canadian Luge Association is the governing body for luge racing in Canada. The Canadian Luge Association is responsible for developing our nation's high-performance luge athletes and promoting the sport across the country. For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at www.luge.ca.

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