Canada's Sam Edney Posts Another Career-Best Result at Luge World Cup in Germany
The 25-year-old Calgarian, who posted his best-ever World Cup result with a fifth-place finish last month at home in Calgary, has continued to clock times with the world's best after posting a two-run time of one minute 49.423 seconds on the 15-corner Altenberg track.
It was another really good race for me and it is so good for my confidence to have these strong results early in the season, said Edney, who posted the fastest time in his second run last week in Igls, Austria, and the fifth fastest time in the second trip down the 1,255-metre track today. I have had top-five runs in each of my races and now I need to put two of them together and be consistent. I want to keep this path going and I feel like I'm on track.
Consistency - the million-dollar word every sliding-sport athlete focuses on - making them sound somewhat like a broken record.
Our first week in training this year we found a set up on my sled that has given me a great feeling of confidence, said Edney, who competed for Canada at the 2006 Olympics. This confidence has allowed me to feel like I now have the option to go for it. I now know what I'm capable of doing, I need to be consistent and it is on my shoulders now to go and do it.
Edney will continue hunting down the handful of superstars in the sport of luge that remain ahead of him. On Saturday, it was Germany's Felix Loch who captured his first-ever World Cup victory after clocking a two-run time of 1:48.911. Italy's Armin Zöggeler, who won the first two races of the year, settled for the silver medal at 1:48.969, while Russia'Albert Demtschenko was third (1:49.049).
Edney's Olympic teammates, Ian Cockerline and Jeff Christie - both of Calgary, also suited up in Germany. Cockerline finished in 31st spot (1:56.931), while Christie was 32nd (2:03.529).
Meanwhile, World Cup rookies Justin Snith and Tristan Walker, finished as the top Canadian sled in men's doubles. Calgary's 17-year-old Snith, along with 18-year-old Walker, of Calgary, teamed up to finish 13th at 1:25.638. Calgarys Chris and Mike Moffat also competed in the doubles race and finished 14th at 1:25.937.
Germany's Andre Florschutz and Torsten Wustlich delighted the hometown crowd after posting a golden time of 1:24.460. Austria's Peter Penz and Georg Fischler grabbed the silver medal with a time of 1:24.479, while Italy's Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber locked up the bronze at 1:24.565.
The World Cup continues on Sunday in Germany with the women's singles race.
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Complete Results: www.fil-luge.org
Men's Top-Five Singles:
1. Felix Loch, GER, 1:48.911; 2. Armin Zöggeler, ITA, 1:48.969; 3. Albert Demtschenko, RUS, 1:49.049; 4. David Möller, GER, 1:49.218; 5. Johannes Ludwig, GER, 1:49.303.
8. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:49.423; 31. Ian Cockerline, Calgary, 1:56.931; 32. Jeff Christie, Calgary, 2:03.529
Top-Five Men's Doubles Results:
1. Florschützy/Wustlich, GER, 1:24.460; 2. Penz/Fischler, AUT, 1:24.479; 3. Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:24.565; 4. Linger/Linger, AUT, 1:24.631; 5. Wendl/Arlt, GER, 1:24.693
13. Justin Snith, Calgary/Tristan Walker, Cochrane, Alta., 1:25.638; 14. Chris and Mike Moffat, Calgary, 1:25.937