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MOFFAT BROTHERS SLIDE TO NINTH SPOT IN WORLD CUP SEASON OPENER AT LAKE PLACID

Regan Lauscher leads womens team with 12th-place finish—Canadas brother tandem of Chris and Mike Moffat kicked off the 2007-08 World Cup season with a ninth-place finish in mens doubles action on the track at Lake Placid, N.Y. on Friday afternoon.

The Calgary duo, who helped Canada win a silver medal in the Overall World Cup Team Competition last year, teamed up to post a two-run time of one minute 29.140 seconds.

We had a few first race jitters and were a little anxious but when we got to the start handles we settled down and found our way in the second run, said Chris Moffat, the older of the two siblings at 28. It is starting to come the way we want. This field is so tight and our goal is always to have two consistent runs. When we do that we will be right there with the top of the pack.

In addition to the Moffats, Canada also had two sleds entered in the womens singles races. Two-time Olympian, Regan Lauscher, led the way for the Canadian women. The Red Deer, Alta. native finished in 12th spot after clocking a combined time of 1:30.357.

We battled a number of things this week being the first race, and the continuous change of warm and cold weather conditions, said the 27-year-old Lauscher. I obviously did not have my best result, but I know I can take a lot from today, learn from it and go forward. We have a big goal in mind over the next two years and we arent going to accomplish that overnight so I have to keep reminding myself of that. I am looking forward to racing next week at home in Calgary.

Reginas 21-year-old Meaghan Simister, who is among the fastest starters in the world, clawed her way into 18th spot in New York with a time of 1:30.679.

The 2006 Olympic champions from Austria, Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger, added to their golden loot after sliding into the winners circle in the doubles event on Friday. The Austrian duo posted a time to beat at 1:28.131. Germanys Patrick Leitner and Alexander Resch locked up the silver medal with a time of 1:28.167, while Gerhard Plankensteiner and Oswald Haselreider, of Italy, finished third at 1:28.232.

The German women continued their dominance of the sport into the 2007-08 campaign with a sweep of the podium in the season opener. Silke Kraushaar-Pielach posted a golden time of 1:28.865, while her teammates, Natalie Geisenberger (1:29.163) and Anke Wischnewski (1:29.320), finished second and third respectively.

The Viessmann Luge World Cup continues in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Saturday with the mens singles race.

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COMPLETE RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org
Mens Top-Five Doubles and Canadian Results:
1. Linger/Linger, AUT, 1:28.131; 2. Leitner/Resch, GER, 1:28.167; 3. Plakensteiner/Haselreider, ITA, 1:28.232; 4. Florschutz/Wustlich, GER, 1:28.298; 5. Niccum/Joye, USA, 1:28.358.
Canadian Results:
9. Moffat/Moffat, Calgary, 1:29.140

Womens Singles Top-Five and Canadian Results:
1. Silke Kraushaar-Pielach, GER, 1:28.865; 2. Natalie Geisenberger, GER, 1:29.163; 3. Anke Wischnewski, GER, 1:29.320; 4. Julia Clukey, USA, 1:29.379; 5. Erin Hamilin, USA, 1:29.444
Canadian Women Results:
12. Regan Lauscher, Red Deer, Alta., 1:30.357; 18. Meaghan Simister, Regina, 1:30.679

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