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Sliding Centre Lauded By Luge Community

The Canadian Luge Association (CLA) fully endorses CODA's announcement to build "The Ice House" - the most state-of-the-art indoor, refrigerated push track training facility in the world.

"This facility has been on our wish list and we're thrilled that it's really happening," says CLA President, Brian Griffin.

Griffin says "The Ice House" is a tremendous use of CODA dollars and the CLA was proud to be involved in the planning process which began three years ago.

"We immediately approached the CLA and Bobsleigh Canada (responsible for Skeleton as well) to receive their input in creating this facility," says CODA Vice President, Sport, Al Murray. "They clearly communicated their needs so we could deliver exactly what they wanted in this training centre."

"CODA has been extremely respectful of our comments, especially from our National Head Coach, Marie-Louise Rainier," says Griffin. "They had the confidence to implement changes that will benefit our athletes for generations to come."

Griffin adds that "The Ice House" puts Canada on a level playing field with the world's top Luge countries such as Germany, Austria and Italy.

"These are the countries we want to catch up to," says Griffin. "CODA has provided our athletes the means to concentrate on explosive starts to compete with the best in the world."