Canadian Duo Tristan Walker and Justin Snith Post Career-Best Eighth-Place Finish at Luge World Championships
CESANA, Ita.—Canada’s teenage luge doubles team slid to a career-best eighth-place finish at the Luge World Championships in Cesana, Italy on Sunday.
The 19-year-old team of Tristan Walker and Justin Snith, who are competing in just their second season on the World Cup, took advantage of fast starts and two solid consistent runs to clock a time of minute, 34.146 seconds for their best-ever result.
“I certainly didn’t expect this,” beamed Walker, of Cochrane, Alta. “We were really good in training all week, but I am surprised and really happy to be able to get to eighth. Our goal was top-10 and it will be again for the last two races. This feels really good and hopefully we’ll build on this result because there are still seven spots ahead of us.”
Walker and teammate Justin Snith, of Calgary, gained significant experience in their rookie season on the World Cup last year when they also made their Olympic debut. The luge tandem have qualified for every World Cup race this season, and last weekend slid into the top-10.
“We have worked really hard and this is a sign of it all paying off,” said Snith. “We are just looking to have clean, consistent runs and it went really well today.”
Austria’s Andeas Linger and Wolfgang Linger captured their second World title with a time of 1:33.280. Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber, of Italy, thrilled the hometown crowd with a silver medal at 1:33.512, while Latvia’s Andres Sics and Juris Sics slid to third place with a time of 1:33.728.
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Top-Five Doubles and Canadian Results:
1. Linger/Linger, AUT, 1:33.280; 2. Oberstolz/Gruber, ITA, 1:33.512; 3. Sics/Sics, LAT, 1:33.728; 4. Yuzhakov/Makhnutin, RUS, 1:33.739; 5. Rieder/Rastner, ITA, 1:34.058.
8. Tristan Walker, Cochrane, Alta./Justin Snith, Calgary, 1:34.146