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CANADIAN SLIDERS PROVE COMPETITIVE AT HOME BUT LACK TRAINING ON EUROPEAN LUGE RUNS

German women sweep the top three positionsRegan Lauscher of Red Deer, Alta. finished in 18th position in todays World Cup in Austria, +1.269 off the winning pace. Lauscher had difficulties at the start, fighting a hard track and extreme cold temperatures. Head coach Wolfgang Staudinger summed it up quite easily, We are simply not good enough with only six training runs.

The top group here trains in the fall for one week and gets in 35 to 40 training runs. We can be competitive too and Calgary proved it, look at Jeff Christies sixth place when we are able to put in many runs at home, said Staudinger. Our main target and objective will be to put in many runs in Whistler (Vancouver 2010 site) to compensate for the lack of training in Europe.

Regan had little mistakes from top to bottom. She was closer in the beginning of the week when the track ran a bit easier and she was 8th, said Staudinger. There were problems adapting to the conditions today.

It was a German sweep atop the podium today when Tatjana Hufner won her third World Cup in a row with a total time of 1:19.845, followed by teammates Silke Kraushaar-Pielach for silver and Natalie Geiaenberger for the bronze.

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Top-5 Womens Singles Results:

1.Tatjana Hufner, GER, 1:19.845; 2. Silke Kraushaar-Pilach, GER, 1:20.047; 3. Natalie Geisenberger, GER, 1:20.086; 4. Anke Wischnewski, GER, 1:20.196; 5. Erin Hamlin, USA, 1:20.349.

Canadian Results:

18. Regan Lauscher, Red Deer, Alta, 1:21.114