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Canada's Sam Edney Gains Confidence with 11th Place Result at Luge World Cup in Calgary

Canadian doubles tandem Walker and Snith settle for 11th

CALGARY—Canada’s Sam Edney edged his way back into elite form with an 11th-place result at the Luge World Cup on his home track in Calgary on Saturday evening.

After a disappointing start to the World Cup season, the 26-year-old Edney took a step in the right direction after clocking a two-run time of one minute, 30.308 seconds in the third stop of the World Cup circuit.

“It has been a frustrating start to the season, but things definitely feel like they are coming together,” said Calgary’s Edney, who had a breakthrough season in 2010 where he finished fifth in Calgary and a historic best for a Canadian male at the Olympics where he was seventh. “I have been feeling better on my sled all week. I have to continue working hard and I know it will come.”

The two-time Olympian was sitting in seventh spot after the opening run, but fell out of the top-10 in a tight race with the top-15 athletes separated by fractions of a second.

“Calgary is always a close race and you just can’t make any mistakes,” said Edney. “I have lots of work to go but this is a big step for my confidence.”

Two other Canadian men also suited up in the singles race. Brendan Hauptman, of Kimberly, B.C., and Calgary’s Jeff Christie finished alongside each other in the standings. Hauptman was 17th at 1:30.496, while Christie clocked-in at 1:30.497 for 18th place.

The legendary Armin Zöggeler captured his 51st career World Cup victory on Saturday. The Italian clocked a two-run golden time of 1:29.651. Zöggeler was joined on the podium by Russia’s Viktor Kneyb in second spot at 1:29.912, and Germany’s Felix Loch in third (1:29.962).

Canada’s doubles tandem of Tristan Walker, of Cochrane, Alta., and Calgary’s Justin Snith teamed up to finish 11th spot. The 19-year-old Canucks rebounded after a disappointing opening run to post a combined time of 1:29.018.

Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won their second World Cup race of the year, and fifth of their career. The German duo posted a combined time 1:28.099. Italy snagged the final two spots on the doubles podium. Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber were second at 1:28.172, while Hans Pei Fischnaller and Patrick Schwienbacher won the bronze medal with a time of 1:28.394.

The Canadian squad now travels to Park City, Utah for the final World Cup race prior to the holiday break.

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Men’s Top-Five Results:

1. Armin Zöggeler, ITA, 1:29.651; 2. Viktor Kneyb, RUS, 1:29.912; 3. Felix Loch, GER, 1:29.962; 4. David Möller, GER, 1:30.003; 5. Manuel Pfister, AUT, 1:30.129.
Canadian Results:
11. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:30.308; 17. Brendan Hauptman, Kimberly, B.C., 1:30.496; 18. Jeff Christie, Calgary, 1:30.497.

Men’s Doubles Top-Five Results;
1. Wendl/Arlt, GER, 1:28.099; 2. Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:28.172; 3. Fischnallwer/Schwienbacher, ITA, 1:28.394; 4. Penz/Fischler, AUT, 1:28.407; 5. Linger/Linger, AUT, 1:28.582.
Canadian Results:
11. Tristan Walker, Cochrane, Alta./Justin Snith, Calgary, 1:29.018