Luge Canada

One-Two Punch - Calgary Lugers Dominate in Germany

The Calgary SunCalgarians captured first and second in Oberhof, Germany, yesterday at the third Junior World Cup luge competition of the season.

Ian Cockerline, 16, finished in the men's junior I event with a combined, two-run time of 1:29.257, two hundredths of a second faster than Sam Edney's time of 1:29.777.

"All week, I wanted to hear the anthem, Tody, I got my wish - and a little more. Not only was I first, but Sam was second." Said Cockerline, who had the best time in both runs.

Both lugers are Grade 11 students at the National Sport School.

Edney's first run left him in fifth spot, but he vaulted up the ladder after the second.

"I knew if I was consistent on my second run, I'd have a chance of moving up places," said Edney, 16, who finished off the podium in sixth and seventh places, respectively, at the season's first two Junior World Cup competitions. "We are all very happy about the 1-2 finish."

German luger Andi Langenhan finished third in 1:29.910.

Two other Calgarians competed in the men's junior II class.

Ryan Paton crashed in his first run but posted the 10th best time in the second and climbed into 27th place with a time of 1:41.545.

"It's another disappointing finish. Hopefully, I'll get another chance back here in Europe after Christmas", said Paton, who finished five places ahead of Jorgen Krause, 31st with a time of 2:06.041.

David Moller of Germany won the Junior II event with a time of 1:37.458, followed by German teammates Jan Eichhorn (1:37.895) and Denis Bertz (1:38.023).

Athletes had to contend with the same kind of dismal weather Calgarians put up with yesterday.

"It (the weather) was ugly", said Canadian coach Andre Benoit.

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