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Junior Luge World Championships, Women and Team Results

Canada Luge - Media ReleaseThe final day of Luge Junior World Championship competition wrapped up in Altenberg, Germany, with Canada firmly established as a country to watch as its Junior athletes honed their high-speed sliding skills in preparation for Senior competition, the 2002 Olympics and beyond.

Regan Lauscher, of Red Deer, slid to a fourth place finish in womens competition on the heels of Germany's Julie Schafer (Gold) and USA's Branna Margol (Silver) and Becky Wilzcak (Bronze). Calgary's
Nicole Simon, recently returned to the track following a pre-Christmas injury, finished 21st in the field of 32 international competitors. Both Lauscher and Simon move up to the senior circuit next season.

In Team competition, where each country enters a doubles, mens singles and womens slider for overall points, it was a very tight finish with Germany coming out on top. Canada's 74 points earned a tie
with USA One for fourth spot behind Germany Two (87 points), Germany One (85 points), and Austria One (75 points). Competing in the Canadian Team competition were Kyle Connelly (mens singles), Regan Lauscher (womens) and the doubles team of Grant Albrecht and Mike Moffat.

Next stop on the tour will be the season's final Junior World Cup race next weekend for most of the Junior athletes while the balance of the team will re-join the senior squad to test themselves against the world's best at the Senior World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland, February 5th and 6th.