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Eight-place finish for Edney at Luge World Cup

Canwest News Service
December 6, 2009
www.calgaryherald.com

ALTENBERG, Germany -- Calgary's Sam Edney finished eighth Saturday in men's singles racing at the Luge World Cup.

The 25-year-old, who posted his best-ever World Cup result with a fifth-place finish last month at home in Calgary, posted a two-run time of one minute 49.423 seconds on the 15-corner Altenberg track.

Germany's Felix Loch captured his first-ever World Cup victory after clocking a two-run time of 1:48.911. Italy's Armin Zoggeler, who won the first two races of the year, settled for the silver medal at 1:48.969, while Russia's Albert Demtschenko was third (1:49.049).

"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. "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."

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. Calgary's 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.