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McMURRAY, LAUSCHER AND THE MOFFATS SLIDE TO NATIONAL TITLES AT CANADIAN LUGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

World Cup team to be introduced to media October 30 at 11 a.m. in CalgaryMatt McMurray, Regan Lauscher and the Moffat brothers all captured national titles in their respective disciplines (men's and women's singles and men's doubles) on the Olympic Track in Calgary at the 2007 Canadian Luge Championships on Sunday evening.

The 22-year-old McMurray, of Calgary, knocked off Canada's Olympic luge athletes to claim his first national title with a two-run time of one minute 31.372 seconds.

"This was a very big day for me to win my first championship, but also because it was a selections race," said McMurray. "I knew I can go fast on this ice and race with our best athletes, and to do it today is a great feeling."

Fellow Calgarians, Sam Edney and Ian Cockerline finished second and third respectively. Edney came up short in his bid to defend his title after he clocked a silver-medal time of 1:31.379, while Cockerline crossed the line with a two-run time of 1:31.516.

Two-time Olympian, Regan Lauscher, grabbed her seventh national title in the women's singles race. Lauscher, of Red Deer, Alta., set the time to beat at 1:35.421.

"For me this is an indicator that I'm at the top of my game and is a huge confidence booster heading into the World Cup season, especially since I missed Canadians last year because of an injury," said the 27-year-old Lauscher. "I treat the Canadian Championships seriously. It is good to get focused, put on the race suit and get those extra runs on the track. This puts me in a good frame of mind."

Lauscher was joined on the podium by teammates, Meaghan Simister, of Regina, and Monica Gorham, of Calgary, who clocked times of 1:36.469 and 1:36.816 respectively.

The Moffat brothers of Chris and Mike had their sled in fine form as they captured their third consecutive Canadian Championship title in the men's doubles category. The sibling duo, who have enjoyed one of their strongest summers of training, slid to a combined time of 1:28.973.

"We have been sliding really well lately, and today had to put the edge on our steels to win," said the 25-year-old Moffat, who is the younger of the two brothers. "We were pushed hard today, and we are really excited to start competing on the World Cup."

Rounding out the men's doubles podium was Grant Albrecht and Eric Pothier in second (1:29.335), while Cameron Gunn and David Adair finished third (1:31.679).

The Canadian Luge Team and its new world-leading coaching staff will be officially introduced during a media conference, October 30, at 11 a.m. in the Ice House at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The Canadian Luge Association is the governing body for luge racing in Canada. In partnership with CODA, 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.