Luge Canada


German women grab four out of top-5 spots Lake Placid, NY  Six of Canadas up-and-coming luge athletes are in Lake Placid, the site of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, taking on the world in the FIL Junior Luge World Championships.

In a race that was dominated by the powerhouse German team, Arianne Jones of Calgary had the best Canadian placing of the day in 15th while Denae Delcourt finished 19th in the womens individual race. Both girls are in their second season of competing at the junior World Cup level.

Kate Hansen of the United States prevented the Germans from sweeping the entire podium when her combined time of 1:29.105 clinched the gold by less than .05 seconds. Hansen was quickest in the first run but Lisa Liebert of Germany picked up the pace to make a run for the gold in the second and finished just shy in 1:29.152. German teammate Carina Schwab captured the bronze.

In a field of 32 strong, the top Canadian junior male was Tristan Walker who finished in 17th position. Still officially able to slide in the youth age division, Walker and doubles partner Justin Snith, who finished 24th in todays individual race, have captured impressive podium finishes this season and look forward to a bright future with three years left as juniors to perfect their game.

Wolfgang Kindl of Austria captured the gold in the mens individual race today, followed by Germanys Felix Loch for the silver and Robert Huerbin of the United States for the bronze.

The FIL Junior Luge World Championships continues tomorrow with the doubles race and team competition.

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Top-5 Womens Singles Results:
1. Kate Hansen, USA, 1:29.105; 2. Lisa Liebert, GER, +0.047; 3. Carina Schwab, GER, +0.214; 4. Madeleine Teuber, GER, +0.463; 5. Stefanie Sieger, GER, +0.479
Canadian Results:
15. Arianne Jones, CAN, +2.190; 19. Denae Delcourt, CAN, _3.862

Top-5 Mens Singles Results:
1. Wolfgang Kindl, GER, 1:41.028; 2. Felix Loch, GER, +0.141; 3. Robert Huerbin, USA, +0.893; 4. Chris Mazdzer, USA, +0.925; 5. Robert Fischer, GER, +0.936
Canadian Results:
17. Tristan Walker, CAN, +2.487; 21. Stefan Rath, CAN, +2.916; 24. Justin Snith, CAN, +4.460; 30. David Adair, CAN, +6.065