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Canadian Luge Team Arrives Home Highest Ever Medal Count for Canada

Canada Luge - Media ReleaseThe Canadian National Luge Team athletes will be returning to Calgary on Sunday, February 13 following the wrap up of the Luge World Cup European circuit. This past season, Canada attained its highest ever medal count and top ten finishes in World Cup & World Championship senior, junior and team competition. See story leads attached.

Team members Kyle Connelly, Jeff Christie, Grant Albrecht, Mike Moffat, Eric Pothier, Ryan Paton and Matt McMurray will be at the airport as noted below, and will be available for photo ops and interviews.

DATE: Feb 13, 2000 (please advise weekend staff)
LOCATION: Calgary International Airport - Arrivals Level - Meeting Place C (Canada Customs)
FLIGHT: Air Canada 845 (Frankfurt)
TIME: Scheduled Arrival Time 3:50 p.m.

Team members Tyler Seitz, Chris Moffat and Regan Lauscher are traveling direct from Europe to Lake Placid, New York, to represent Canada at the Goodwill Games and will arrive home at a later date with Head Coach Marie Luise Rainer.

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Kyle Connelly wins Silver in overall World Cup points for Junior II (under age 20). Next season Kyle moves up to full-time on the senior circuit.

Mike Moffat wins Bronze in overall World Cup points for Junior II. Mike moved up to Junior II this year after winning Gold in overall Junior I points last season.

Jeff Christie wins Gold in four out of five World Cup races for first place overall in Junior I (under age 17). This was Jeff's first full season on the World Cup circuit and moves up to Junior II next season.

Grant Albrecht places 5th in overall Junior II World Cup points. Grant, along with partner Mike Moffat, also compete in doubles on the Senior circuit with excellent results this past season in addition to their Junior individual and doubles medals. Grant still has another year competing as a Junior.

First year senior slider Eric Pothier and doubles partner, Chris Moffat cap off the season with their best ever result, breaking the top 10 in doubles competition at Senior World Championships.

Coach Andre Benoit - Canada brings home best ever results with 14 individual race medals and three overall point standing medals for the season.

Ryan Paton sidelined with injury following a crash two days prior to Junior World Championships. During the Christmas break, veteran Ryan Paton was paired up with rising star, Matt McMurray to begin training as Canada's newest doubles team. Ryan still has another season sliding as a Junior.

Matt McMurray, 15 year old newest member of national team, experiences first taste of European World Cup competition in both singles and doubles competition.