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Canadians Enjoy Solid Weekend and World Junior Luge Championships

Kimberley McRae leads Canucks with 12th-place finish

A group of young Canadian luge athletes had a solid outing at the World Championships in Oberhof, Germany this weekend.

Calgary’s Kimberley McRae led the way for the Canadians with a solid 12th-place finish in the women’s division. McRae clocked a two-run time of 1:29.509.

“Kim was training a little faster than she did on race day,” said Kyle Connelly, coach, Canadian Junior Team. “She had one extra paddle in her second run which was to close to the curve and caused a skid during her lay down and caused her to lose a lot of speed.”

Germany’s Dajana Eitberger won the women’s division with a time of 1:28.213.

Jordan Smith, also of Calgary, joined McRae in the top-15 with two good runs. Smith finished in 14th spot with a combined time of 1:29.673.

Other Canadian results included Laura Glover in 16th (1:30.147) and Elena Corrigall in 17th spot at 1:30.426.

Mitchel Maylk, of Calgary, was the only Canadian in the men’s race and placed 29th at 1:37.848.

Germany’s Julian Schleinitz captured the men’s world title with a time of 1:33.434.

Canada’s doubles team of Devin Corrigall and Taylor Donegan finished 15th.

“We finished as expected this year at Junior Worlds. We need to focus on our starts through the summer to make sure we come out of the handles with more speed,” said Connelly. “We are able to compete down the track, but being behind on the start is too much to make up by the finish.”

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COMPLETE WORLD JUNIOR RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org