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Canada captures gold in team relay event at World Cup luge competition

The Canadian Press

IGLS, Austria — Canada has won gold in the team relay event at a men's World Cup luge meet.

Chris Moffat, Mike Moffat, Alex Gough and Sam Edney, all of Calgary, had the fastest times in all three runs Sunday to win in a combined time of two minutes 10.864 seconds. That was more than a second faster than runner-up Austria (2:11.868).

The non-Olympic team event consists of one female, one male and one doubles team, who each complete one run for a combined final time. Athletes hit a pad at the finish, which in turn opens the gate at the start for the next team member.

"The team competition was just awesome today," said Edney, who posted his best-ever World Cup result last week where he was fifth in Calgary. "It puts the emphasis on the start and reaction time at the start and we are very strong there.

"It is a race that is a one-run bomb, but you are working together as a team and that is a lot of fun."

Latvia placed third in 2:12.094, while pre-race favourite Germany was disqualified for not hitting the stop button at the finish.

In the men's event, Armin Zoeggeler edged Wilfried Huber by 0.097 seconds to lead Italy to a 1-2 finish.

Zoeggeler finished in a combined time of 1:37.988 for his 47th career title. He won the season-opening race in Calgary last week.

Viktor Kneib of Russia was 0.103 seconds back in third for his career best World Cup result.

Edney placed 18th in 1:38.463. A skid out in the first heat put Edney well back of the pack, but he regrouped to post the fastest run of the day (48.163) in the second heat

"I was just shaky coming out of the corner, but (coach Wolfgang Staudinger) and I discussed what I was thinking and we made some adjustments to the sled for my second run and it was awesome," said Edney.

"This just tells me with two consistent runs I know that I can be there with the best. I now believe in what I can do, and I know I can do it."

Jeff Christie of Vancouver was 21st in 1:38.637.