CANADIAN LUGE ATHLETES SLIDE INTO TOP-15 AT WORLD CUP IN ALTENBERG
Calgary's 24-year-old Sam Edney enjoyed one of his strongest performances of the year in men's singles on Sunday. Edney finished as the top Canuck after sliding into 13th spot with a time of one minute 51.561 seconds. Edney just over one second off the winning time of 1:50.344 set by Italy's Armin Zöggeler. Germany's Felix Loch (1:50.527) and David Möller (1:50.536) grabbed the final two spots on the podium respectively.
That was an extremely tight men's race and we are now holding strong in a pack of athletes between sixth and 18th spot, said Wolfgang Staudinger as the team was on the road travelling to Frankfurt, Germany. Right now we are very consistant which took a year, but for us to escape this group, our starts need to get quicker and we need to start taking more risks.
In men's doubles action it was Canada's Canada's Chris and Mike Moffat who also enjoyed their best result of the season with a ninth-place finish. Continuing to build strength in their start following an off-season wrist injury sustained by Chris, the older of the two Calgary brothers, the Canadian duo clocked a two-run time of 1:25.897.
Christian Oberstolz and Patric Gruber, of Italy, won their fourth World Cup of the season after driving to the top of the podium with a time of 1:24.996. Patrick Leitner and Alexander Resch, of Germany, were second (1:25.070), while Austria's Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger rounded out the podium with a time of 1:25.096.
Meanwhile, Canada's 21-year-old Alex Gough continues to enjoy her dream season of her own as a new regular in the top-10 against the top athletes in the world. The Calgarian finished 10th again on Saturday in women's singles after clocking a time of 1:47.559.
Gough was joined by Regan Lauscher, of Red Deer, Alta., and Meaghan SImister, of Calgary, who finished 13th (1:47.929) and 20th (1:48.997) respectively.
The German women had little troubles defending their home track after taking the top-four spots in the standings. Natalie Geisenberger slid to the gold after posting a time of 1:46.283, while Tatjana Hüfner was second (1:46.421), while Anke Wischnewski completed the sweep of the podium in third (1:46.863). Corinna Martini, of Germany, finished fourth.
The Canadian Luge Team will now head to North America for the final three events of the season, which begins with the World Championships at Lake Placid, N.Y., February 6-8.
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COMPLETE RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org
Men's Top-Five Results:
1. Armin Zöggeler, ITA, 1:50.344; 2. Felix Loch, GER, 1:50.527; 3. David Möller, GER, 1:50.536; 4. Daniel Pfister, AUT, 1:50.755; 5. Jan Eichorn, GER, 1:50.888
13. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:51.561; 16. Jeff Christie, Calgary, 1:51.780; 22. Ian Cockerline, Calgary, 1:52.531.
Women's Top-Five Results:
1.Natalie Geisenberger, GER, 1:46.283; 2. Tatjana Hüfner, GER, 1:46.421; 3. Anke Wischnewski, GER, 1:46.863; 4. Corinna Martini, GER, 1:47.147; 5. Natalia Yakushenko, UKR, 1:47.155.
10. Alex Gough, Calgary, 1:47.559; 13. Regan Lauscher, Red Deer, Alta., 1:47.929; 20. Meaghan Simister, Calgary, 1:48.997
Men's Doubles Top-Five Results:
1 Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:24.996; 2. Leitner/Resch, GER, 1:25.070; 3. Linger/Linger, AUT, 1:25.096; 4. Florschütz/Wustlich, GER, 1:25.128; 5. Wendl/Artl, GER, 1:25.291
9. Chris Moffat and Mike Moffat, Calgary, 1:25.897