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Canadian Luge Athletes Begin National Team Selection Trials With Start Challenge

It is 861 days away from the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Canada's current crop of sliding hopefuls with the Canadian Luge Association looked to impress in the fourth annual Edworthy pre-season start competition at Canada Olympic Park's Ice House. The event was the first of a three-part training camp to determine who will compete on the national team at World Cup events this season.

Picking up where he left off last season, Jeff Christie, the 2006 Canadian men's singles start champion, finished on top with an aggregate running time of 5.766. Christie was just short of the previous mens singles track record by .056, a record he set in 2005, sliding to times of 2.878 in his first run and 2.828 in the second.

Sliding into the second and third places were Sam Edney with 5.823 and Nick Olson with 5.838 respectively.

On the women's side of the draw, Meaghan Simister, who has regularly put down some the fastest start times on the World Cup circuit, posted a 2.99 and 3.022 in her two runs to put her on top with a combined run time of 6.012. Simister was followed by World Cup silver medallist, Regan Lauscher, who finished in second spot with a two-run combined time of 6.217, while Monica Gorham was third at 6.31.

Once again, the doubles team of Moffat and Moffat slid into top position with a combined time of 6.034. Chris and Mike posted a time of 2.961 on their second run, and 3.073 on their third to win the doubles division.

Rounding out the doubles competition were Gunn and Adair with a final combined run time of 6.368 and Pifko and Medrek, coming in at 6.63.

The Canadian Luge Association is the governing body for luge racing in Canada. The Canadian Luge Association operates the Olympic Luge Training Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, which develops our nation's high-performance luge athletes and promotes the sport across the country. For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at www.luge.ca on the Internet.