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LUGE CANADA STRIKES GOLD IN TEAM RELAY

Globe and Mail
Published on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 12:00AM EST

Canada won its first World Cup gold in luge in a team relay competition at Igls, Austria yesterday. Calgarians Alex Gough, Sam Edney and brothers Chris and Mike Moffat had a combined time of 2 minutes 10.864 seconds, nearly one second ahead of the second-place Austrians.

The team competition consists of one female, one male and one doubles team, each doing one run for a combined final time. Athletes hit a pad at the finish to open the gate at the start for the next team member.

"The team competition ... puts the emphasis on the start and reaction time at the start, and we are very strong there," Edney said.

In the World Cup singles race, Edney regrouped from a poor first run to post the fastest run of the day, 48.163, in the second heat to place 18th overall. Jeff Christie placed 21st. Italy's Armin Zöggeler captured his second successive World Cup victory with a time of 1:37.988.

The Globe and Mail