THREE CANADIAN MEN SLIDE INTO TOP-15 AT LUGE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Building off the momentum set at the World Championships by teammate, Meaghan Simister, who finished a personal-best ninth on Friday in the womens race, the 23-year-old Edney put down two of his most consistent runs of the season, clocking times of 45.735 and 45.741 for a total of one minute 31.476 seconds.
It is a great feeling to finally have a result that shows me where I know I can be, and to do it at the World Championships is that sweeter, said Edney, who hails from Calgary. I think having a strong result demonstrates that Ive been doing all the right work and taking the steps in training that produces these results.
Edney was joined in the top-15 by his two Canadian teammates, and personal friends, Jeff Christie and Ian Cockerline. The 24-year-old Christie, who has led the way for the Canadian men over the last two years, while progressing into one of the best luge athletes Canada has ever produced, stopped the clock with a time of 1:31.556. Cockerline, who is weeks away from his 24th birthday, joined his comrades at the top of the pack with a 15th-place result (1:31.757).
Jeff has been leading the team the last little while, but Ian and I have been slowly catching up to him, and were all trying to get to the top, said Edney. We absolutely push each other every training session, and our times have never been as close in training as they have been lately.
The only other time the three Canadian men were in the top-15 together came earlier this year in Calgary when Christie was sixth, Edney finished 12th and Cockerline had his best performance of his five-year career when he ended up in 14th.
Its nice to the three of us all have really good results and its a good feeling to know we can be there and are on track this far in advance of Vancouver.
The Canadians will continue to chase the powerhouse German squad who stole the top-four positions in the mens race in front of more than 10,000 fans who lined the Oberhof track to take in the Luge World Championships.
Germanys Felix Loch led the way with a time of 1:30.643, while his teammate, David Möller, finished second at 1:30.717 and Andi Langenham was third (1:30.814). Germanys Jan Eichorn was fourth after posting a two-run time of 1:31.134
The Luge World Championships wrap up on Sunday with the mens doubles competition. Calgarys Chris and Mike Moffat will be the lone Canadian sled entered in the race.
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Top-5 Mens Singles Results:
1.Felix Loch, GER, 1:30.643; 2. David Möller, GER, 1:30.717; 3. Andi Langenham, GER, 1:30.814; 4. Jan Eichorn, GER, 1:31.134; 5. Armin Zöggeler, ITA, 1:31.185.
9. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:31.476; 11. Jeff Christie, Calgary, 1:31.556; 15. Ian Cockerline, Calgary, 1:31.757