Mother Nature Finishes on Top in Germany, Sam Edney Slides to 15th at Luge World Cup
KONIGSSEE, Ger.—Canada’s Sam Edney slid to 15th spot in men’s singles racing at the Luge World Cup in Konigssee, Germany on Friday.
Mother Nature got the best of the 27-year-old two-time Olympian. After clocking the sixth fastest time in the opening run at 51:50, Edney was the last athlete down the track before a track sweep to clear heavy snow build up, resulting in a slower time and a top-15 finish while clocking-in at 1:42.847.
“Today we were racing at the hands of Mother Nature,” said Edney. “For one run she was on my side and the second run I had the bad luck of being before the track sweep so there was quite a bit of snow in the track for my run. It is discouraging to feel good about your runs and see the position you end up in at the end of the day.”
The Calgarian came into the race with back-to-back top-10 finishes including a fifth-place result in Whistler prior to the holiday break.
“Every race now I am looking to put myself in position to be as close to the podium as possible, and today after the first run I was there,” said Edney. “To give that up is disappointing to me. I am walking away looking to pull some better starts next week and keep the mindset of having two consistent runs.”
Germany’s Felix Loch finished on top with a time of 1:41.651. Italy’s Armin Zoeggler clocked a second-place time of 1:41.868, while Germany’s Johannes Ludwig grabbed the bronze medal at 1:42.142.
Following the men’s race a trio of Canadian sleds hit the start line in hopes of capturing their third consecutive Team Relay medal, but again Mother Nature had other ideas.
The last team on the start list, the Canadians were poised to take another win after the Germans made a costly mistake. The 23-year-old Alex Gough put down a solid first run, opening the door for Edney who put the Canadians in the lead, but there was miscommunication with the doubles sled at the start dropping the Canadians to sixth with a time of 2:52.755.
“Mother Nature didn’t want us on the podium today I don’t think,” said Edney, who was one of the gold and silver medal medal winners in the first two team events of the year. “This is something we will overcome as a team, but we are walking away a bit down because we wanted that win bad for our team. We know with clean runs we are contenders to be with the Germans and looking forward to rebounding next weekend.”
Italy won the relay with a time of 2:51.375. Germany was second at 2:51.531, while Russia clocked a bronze medal time of 2:51.776.
The Canadian Team now heads to Oberhof, Germany for a luge World Cup next weekend.
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Men’s Top-Five Results:
1. Felix Loch, GER, 1:41.651; 2. Armin Zoeggler, ITA, 1:41.868; 3. Johannes Ludwig, GER, 1:42.142; 4. David Moller, GER, 1:42.142; 5. David Mair, ITA, 1:42.387.
15. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:42.847
Top-Five Team Competition Results;
1. Italy, 2:51.375; 2. Germany, 2:51.531; 3. Russia, 2:51.776; 4. Austria, 2:52.192; 5. United States, 2:52.530; 6. Canada, 2:52.755.
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