Luge Canada

Canadian duo eighth at luge worlds

CESANA, Italy — Canada’s Tristan Walker and Justin Snith slid to a career-best eighth-place finish in men’s doubles Sunday at the luge world championships.

The 19-year-olds, who are competing in just their second season on the World Cup circuit, clocked a combined time of one minute 34.146 seconds.

Austria’s Andeas Linger and Wolfgang Linger captured their second world title in 1:33.280. Italy’s Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber won the silver in 1:33.512, while Latvia’s Andres Sics and Juris Sics earned bronze in 1:33.728.

“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 Snith, a native of Calgary, qualified for every World Cup race this season and last weekend cracked the top 10 for the first time.

“We have worked really hard and this is a sign of it all paying off,” said Snith, who teamed up with Walker to finish 15th at the Vancouver Olympic Games last year. “We are just looking to have clean, consistent runs and it went really well today.”

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