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Canadian luger Tyler Seitz qualifies for Salt Lake City Olympics

Canadian PressCanadians lugers have something to celebrate.

Calgary's Tyler Seitz booked his ticket to Salt Lake City on Sunday after placing 14th at a World Cup event in Germany. The 24-year-old from Calgary stands 13th in the men's overall standings and becomes the first to meet the Canadian Olympic Association qualifying criteria for luge at the 2002 Olympics. Seitz qualified for the 1998 Nagano Games just weeks before they started.

In doubles action, the team of Calgary's Chris Moffat and Eric Pothier of Airdire, Alta., posted their best finish - a sixth - in a World Cup race and are now just one more top-nine finish away from qualifying for Salt Lake.

In Igls, Austria, Ian Cockerline won a silver medal in weekend European junior World Cup action. The 16-year-old Calgary student finished runner-up to Italian David Mair.

At Calgary, 16-year-old Matt McMurray won gold in the men's division of the Junior Can-Am Championships with fellow Calgary competitors Mike Lane and Marshall Savill finishing second and third.

Canadians also swept the women's event with Calgary's Lindsay Danforth, Caitlin Blundell and Amanda Byrne finishing 1-2-3.

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