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WORLD'S BEST JUNIOR LUGE ATHLETES SLIDE INTO CALGARY FOR WORLD CUP

Tristan Walker leads young Canucks on golden track back to Canada­­Canada's Tristan Walker will lead the charge for a group of young Canadian luge athletes hungry for the international podium on their home track at the Junior World Cup at CODA's Canada Olympic Park in Calgary this week, January 24-25, 2008.

Hot off a gold and bronze-medal performance at last week's World Cup in Park City, Utah, Walker will be looking to add a couple of more medals to his impressive collection this year, and will have the added boost of a hometown crowd cheering him on to the top step of the podium. The Calgary youngster has already made four trips to the podium in junior luge racing this season.

Walker opened last week's competition in the United States with a bronze in the doubles race, solidifying a very new partnership with teammate Justin Snith. The budding young star on the Junior Canadian Luge Team went on to win gold the following day in the men's individual race.

The young Canadian team will be facing tough competition from a field of close to 90 athletes, representing 13 countries, who will all be battling for top position in the final Junior World Cup event of the year on the Olympic Track.

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.

What: Junior Luge World Cup, Calgary, Alberta

Where: CODA's Canada Olympic Park

When:
Monday, January 21
Wednesday, January 23
Official Training
9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 24 5 p.m.
Junior Double's Race
Youth A Women's Race
Junior Women's Race

Awards and Much Music Video Dance Party

Friday, January 25 1 p.m.
Junior Men's Race
Youth A Men's Race

Awards and Live Concert by Calgary's own The Dudes

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Chris Dornan
Media and Public Relations
T: 403-247-5423

Sheryl Hull
Media and Public Relations
403-247-5447