Luge Canada

2000 Junior Canadian Championships

Canada Luge - Media ReleaseAthletes in the Canadian Junior Luge program had their season finale today with the Canadian Junior Luge Championships at Canada Olympic Park. There were some upsets in the results as national team juniors, recently returned from the World Cup circuit, along with developmental team athletes who have been training in Calgary all season, went up against each other for top Canadian honours.

Jorgen Krause, who trained with the developmental team this past season, slid into top spot in the Junior II competition (under age 20) with a two-run time of 1:36.322. Krause, known for his excellent results in races on the Calgary track, trained last season in Konigssee, Germany, while attending school. Overall World Cup Silver medallist Kyle Connelly came second in Junior II Mens with a time of 1:37.113 followed by Mike Moffat's 1:37.256 .

In Womens Junior II competition, Lyndsay Danforth bounced back from an injury that had her sidelined for most of the season, to claim her seventh consecutive Canadian Championship in her age category. Abbie Lovatt was just two-tenths of a second behind to claim Silver followed by Jessie Lalonde winning Bronze.

Three teams competed in Mens Doubles, with World Championship Silver medallists Grant Albrecht and Mike Moffat easily winning Canadian Gold. Newcomers to doubles sliding, Jorgen Krause and Winston Davis, won Silver. Also competing in their first Canadian doubles competition were Ryan Paton and Matt McMurray who did not finish their first run.

On the podium in other age categories were: Caitlin Blundell (Junior I Womens); Mike Jepson, Gwyn Lewis and Nick Olson (Youth II Boys); Matthew Babinec, Patrick Schultz and Aaron Rodenburg (Youth I Boys); Jessi Temple, Jennifer Simpson (Youth I Girls) and Amanda Byrne in the Youth Open category.

Final race of the Canadian Luge season will be the Senior Canadian Championships next Sunday (February 27th) at Canada Olympic Park.

(Note - all athletes reside in Calgary unless noted otherwise)