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First Canadian Slider to Qualify For 2002 Olympics.

Canada's Tyler Seitz attained his fourth and final 2002 Olympic qualifier with a 14th place finish in Men's singles luge at World Cup 2 in Oberhof, Germany. Seitz is the first Canadian Luge Team slider to meet the Canadian Olympic Association qualifying criteria for Men's single luge at the 2002 Winter Games.

The 24 year old Calgary native is the senior veteran of Canada's Luge team and will be competing in his second Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. In 1998, Seitz qualified for the Nagano Winter Olympics just weeks prior to the Games. "I'm quite happy to be qualified for the 2002 Olympics, but much there is more work to be done to place consistently in the top ten."

Germany swept the podium at the second World Cup of the season with Karsten Albert (1:30.145), Jens Muller (1:30.518) and Georg Hackl (1:30.585) winning gold, silver and bronze. Tyler Seitz was top Canadian with a time of one minute, 31.788 seconds. Mike Moffat's (1:32.010) 17th place finish edged out older brother Chris' 18th place finish by two tenths of a second. Also competing for Canada was Kyle Connelly, 36th, and Jeff Christie, 40th. Both Connelly and Christie posted excellent second run times however had problems on their first runs.

In Junior Men II World Cup competition in Igls, Austria, Canada's Jorgen Krause finished in fifth place and Ryan Paton finished 17th.

All athletes are from Calgary unless otherwise noted. Full results for the World Cup 2 can be found at www.fil-luge.org and Canadian team photos, results and biographical information can be found at www.luge.ca

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