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CANADA'S JEFF CHRISTIE SLIDES INTO 12TH SPOT AT WORLD CUP IN GERMANY

Canada's Jeff Christie finished 12th on one of the toughest tracks on the World Cup luge circuit in Königssee, Germany on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Calgarian, who is ready to be a mainstay with the elite athletes in the world, continues to search for two consistent runs in order to put his name on the World Cup podium for the first time of his career.

Fast and highly-technical, Christie had a strong opening run on the Königssee track which is recognized as the Kitzbuhel venue of luge, but made a costly mistake in his second trip down the track.

This track is a man track. I am satisfied, but made a couple of key mistakes that cost me, said Christie, who clocked a two-run time of one minute 35.627 seconds. The best thing is I know what my mistakes are and know what I need to do to correct them. I have been there in the top-six before and I can consistently be there.

Christie's World Cup mates and fellow Calgarians, Sam Edney and Ian Cockerline, also suited up for the first time after the 10-day holiday break. Edney finished 20th at 1:35.901, while Cockerline was 24th (1:36.453).

Italy's Armin Zöggeler continued his dominance of the World Cup circuit. Zöggeler clocked a winning time of 1:34.458. Germany's David Möller was second at 1:34.818, while Germany's Felix Loch rounded out the men's singles podium in third (1:35.003).

The Canadian Luge Team now head to Cesana, Italy for a World Cup race January 10-11, 2009.

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.

COMPLETE RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org
Men's Top-Five Results:
1. Armin Zöggeler, ITA, 1:34.458; 2. David Möller, GER, 1:34.818; 3. Felix Loch, GER, 1:35.003; 4. Daniel Pfister, AUT, 1:35.005; 5. Jan Eichorn, GER, 1:35.048.
Canadian Results:
12. Jeff Christie, Calgary, 1:35.627; 20. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:35.901; 24. Ian Cockerline, Calgary, 1:36.453.

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