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Canadian Luge Athletes Blown to Back of Pack in Tough Conditions at World Cup in Germany

Jeff Christie leads Canucks with 20th-place finish in mens singles raceWINTERBERG, Ger.—Canadas luge athletes were blown to the back of the pack in treacherous weather conditions at the Luge World Cup in Winterberg, Germany on Saturday.

Strong winds combined with heavy snow plagued the first run of the Winterberg race making it a 50-50 chance on posting a fast time or not for the worlds best sliding athletes.

Calgarians Jeff Christie and Ian Cockerline finished 20th and 21st respectively to finish as the top Canadians. Christie clocked a time of one minute 49.464, while Cockerline was 1:49.795. Sam Edney, also of Calgary, was 30th after the first run, and clocked the 11th fastest time in the second heat to finish 24th at 1:50.027.

That was not performance today but a 50-50 lottery on whether you hit a wind gust or not and the race should have been cancelled, said Wolfgang Staudinger, head coach, Canadian Luge Team, who added even the World Champion Felix Loch was in 29th after the first run. It was so windy it would just blow you all around the track, but the lucky ones who didnt catch a wind gust made it down quicker.

With the results a little more scattered than usual, Italys Armin Zöggeler found his way to the top of the podium with a time of 1:47.601. Russias Albert Demtschenko was second at 1:47.621, while David Möller grabbed the bronze medal with a time of 1:47.652.

In mens doubles racing Canadas lone sled of Calgarys Tristan Walker and Justin Snith crashed on their second run and did not finish. The Moffat brothers of Chris and Mike did not qualify for the race.

Italys Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber won the mens doubles race with a time of 1:28.597.

The World Cup continues on Sunday in Germany with the womens singles race.

The Canadian Luge Association is the governing body for luge racing in Canada. The Canadian Luge Association is responsible for developing our nations high-performance luge athletes and promoting the sport across the country. For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at www.luge.ca.

Complete Results: www.fil-luge.org
Mens Top-Five Singles:
1. Armin Zöggeler, ITA, 1:47.601; 2. Albert Demtschenko, RUS, 1:47.621; 3. David Möller, GER, 1:47.652; 4. Johannes Ludwig, GER, 1:47.857; 5. Reinhold Rainer, ITA, 1:47.974.
Canadian Results:
20. Jeff Christie, Calgary, 1:49.464; 21. Ian Cockerline, Calgary, 1:49.795; 22. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:50.027.

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