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CANADIAN MENS LUGE TEAM BEGIN JOURNEY TO 2010 WITH TOUGH START TO WORLD CUP SEASON

LAKE PLACID, NY—Canadas top mens luge athletes got a quick lesson on the work that still needs to be done to close the gap between where they stand today and reaching their goal of standing on the international podium by 2010.

Led by Jeff Christie and Sam Edney, the two Calgarians faced a difficult challenge in the season-opening World Cup event in Lake Placid, NY on Saturday finishing 22nd and 26th respectively. Christie posted a two-run time of one minute 46.993 seconds, while Edney was 1:47.263.

This is the beginning of the journey. We are starting from the bottom and we are going to get better as we continue, said Wolfgang Staudinger, the new head coach who was recruited from Germany this year to lead the Canadian squad thanks to funds by Own the Podium. We need to increase our skills and learn how to slide consistently well, and we need to increase our athletic ability at the start. We cant expect miracles overnight and we are going to work hard at getting better.

The 2006 Olympic gold medallist, Armin Zöggeler, of Italy, posted the fast two-run time of the day at 1:45.238, which included setting a track record in his opening run at 52.443. Germanys David Möller was second at 1:45.498, while his teammate Jan Eichhorn was third (1:45.628).

The Canadian team will return home to Calgary for the 2007 Viessmann Luge World Cup which takes place November 23-24, 2007 at CODAs Canada Olympic Park. A media availability will be held on Tuesday afternoon with the Canadian team.

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 nations 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.

COMPLETE RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org
Mens Top-Five and Canadian Results:
1. Armin Zöggeler, ITA, 1:45.238; 2. David Möller, GER, 1::45.498; 3. Jan Eichorn, GER, 1:45.628; 4. Daniel Pfister, AUT, 1:45.718; 5. Felix Loch, GER, 1:45.874.

Canadian Results:
22. Jeff Christie, Calgary, 1:46.993; 26. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:47.263

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chris Dornan
Media and Public Relations
Canadian Luge Association
T: 403-470-9546
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