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TRISTAN WALKER SETTLES FOR SILVER BY THE SLIGHTEST OF MARGINS

Stefan Rath finishes just out of medal contention in Junior Mens Given a strong field, luge is a sport that often finds the top-10 separated by less than a second, and even when you lose by the smallest fraction, top athletes know where they made their mistake. This is exactly what happened to young Tristan Walker, 16, of Calgary when he finished just .015 seconds behind Ludwig Rieder of Italy and had to settle for the silver in the Youth A Mens race at the Junior Luge World Cup in Calgary.

It is unfortunate because it was such a small margin, said Walker. I did have a couple problems down the track, coming out of the Kreisel turn and late into corner ten. That was definitely the difference.

It was Walkers turn last week when he stood atop the podium at the Park City Junior World Cup in Utah and Rieder was one step below him.

National Sport School athlete Stefan Rath, 17, finished just out of podium position in the Junior Mens race, crossing the finish line .713 seconds behind winner Chris Mazdzer of the United States. Rath was sixth after the first run and fixed a couple problems he had to move up two spots into fourth.

One of the Germans told me my position was good, thats what I was concentrating on so that was good, said Rath. I had lots of fun, I nailed the lines.

Rath has set a top-10 finish as a goal for himself in the upcoming Junior World Championships. The Canadian junior and youth team now heads to Lake Placid where they will have take part in international training week prior to the Junior World Championships there on February 7 and 8.

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.

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Youth A Men
1. Ludwig Rieder, GER, 1.29.754

Canadian Results:
2. Tristan Walker, CAN, 1:29.769; 6. Justin Snith, CAN, 1:32.311; 9. Matthew Medrek, CAN, 1:33.726

Junior Men
1. Chris Mazdzer, USA, 1:34.713

Canadian Results:
4. Stefan Rath, CAN, 1:35.426; 13. David Adair, CAN, 1:35,960; 19. Cameron Gunn, CAN, 1:36.811; 25. Andrew Pifko, CAN, 1:42.414

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