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Canadian luge relay team hauls in World Cup bronze

Canwest News Service
December 6, 2009

ALTENBERG, Germany — Canadas luge athletes continue to prove they can contend with the worlds best after winning a bronze medal in the team relay competition at Sundays World Cup stop.

Calgarys Alex Gough, Sam Edney and brother tandem of Chris and Mike Moffat, put Canada on the podium for the second straight week after combining to post a time of two minutes 26.941 seconds. The trio of Canadian sleds teamed up to win the gold medal in the first relay of the season last weekend in Austria.

That was another exceptional performance by our team and shows us we are right up there with the best countries in the world, said Canadian head coach Wolfgang Staudinger. Our sport believes this will be an Olympic race in the near future and people are taking it very seriously. It tells me we are on track and can compete for the podium when we are at our best.

The powerful Germans finished on top of the podium with a time of 2:25.742, while the Americans were second at 2:26.680.

The team competition, which isnt an Olympic event, consists of one female, one male and one doubles team, all of whom complete one run for a combined final time. When an athlete hits the finish pad, the gate opens at the start for the next team member.

Germany also dominated the womens singles event earlier in the day, claiming the top four spots. Tatjana Hufner earned the gold medal with a combined time of time of 1:47.555, while Natalie Geisenberger was second in 1:47.744 and Anke Wischnewski third in 1:47.994. Corinna Martini finished fourth (1:48.425).

Calgarys Meaghan Simister led the way for Canada, matching her career-best World Cup result with a 10th-place finish. The 23-year-old put down her two most consistent runs of the year to post a time of 1:48.897.

Gough finished 12th in 1:48.975 and Regan Lauscher of Red Deer, Alta., was 14th in 1:49.034.

The Canadian luge team will now head home for a week of training at the Whistler Sliding Centre as it prepares for the Canadian championships on Dec. 17.