MOFFAT BROTHERS GRAB NINTH SPOT AT LUGE WORLD CUP IN GERMANYALTENBERG, Ger.—Canadas brother tandem of Chris and Mike Moffat posted a top-10 result in their final World Cup race of the season after they crossed the line in ninth on Saturday in Altenberg, Germany.
Working on putting down two solid runs all year, the Calgary duo have turned a corner and are now poised to move their way into the elite pack. The Moffats clocked a two-run time of one minute 25.147 seconds, good enough for ninth spot.
It was an extremely tight race, but their consistency is now there, said Wolfgang Staudinger, head coach of the Canadian Luge Team. They are now closing their time in on the top sliders and are ready to start finishing in the top four or five. They have come a long way this year.
It has been a whole new world for the Canadian team with Staudinger taking over the reigns of the program this summer. It has been a year of learning for the young Canucks with new training programs, sliding techniques and driving lines but the team is starting to regularly post strong results and had their best-ever World Championship finish last week in Oberhof, Germany.
We had a goal at the beginning of the year to be consistent and we achieved that, said Staudinger. We didnt change anything along the way, but hammered our way through the whole season and now were starting to get results. We still have a ways to go, but Im really happy with how all of our team members are starting to put down two consistent runs.
The German tandem of Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch captured the 31st World Cup victory of their career after clocking a two-run time of 1:24.467. Austrias Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger were second at 1:24.514, while Germanys Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt settled for the bronze medal in front of the German faithful with a time of 1:24.599
No Canadians finished the womens race. The Luge World Cup continues on Sunday with mens singles racing.
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Mens Top-Five Doubles and Canadian Results:
1. Leitner/Resch, GER, 1:24.467; 2. Linger/Linger, AUT, 1:24.514; 3. Wendl/Arlt, GER, 1:24.599; 4. Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:24.657; 5. Plankensteiner/Haselrieder, ITA, 1:24.857.
9. Moffat/Moffat, Calgary, 1:25.147