Canadian Luge Athletes Slide Shy of Podium at World Cup in Germany
Oberhof, Ger.—Canada’s luge team came up just shy in their bid for a podium finish in the relay competition finishing fourth at the World Cup in Oberhof, Germany on Sunday.
The Calgary-based Canadian team consisted of Alex Gough, Sam Edney and doubles tandem Tristan Walker and Justin Snith, combined to clock a fourth-place time of 2:26.146.
“We came very close today to finishing third but made a couple of mistakes that cost us,” said Wolfgang Staudinger, head coach, Canadian Luge Team.
Gough and Edney put the Canadians on track to podium, but the field closed the gap in the doubles leg of the competition where Canada’s young 20-year-olds are still gaining valuable experience on tracks around the world.
“Our guys are still very young and continuing to get experience,” said Staudinger, whose team won a gold and silver in the opening two events of the year. “We can do it in Whistler and Igls and now we have to learn how to win on all tracks. We are in the game and with time we’ll be even stronger.”
Germany won the relay with a time of 2:24.768. Italy was second at 2:26.061, and Russia claimed the bronze with a time of 2:26.142.
Earlier in the day Canada’s Sam Edney slid to his second-straight 15th place finish in men’s singles racing
The 27-year-old two-time Olympian clocked a combined time of 1:28.739 on the challenging Oberhof track.
“This is one of the most technical tracks in the world,” said Staudinger. “Sam had two mediocre runs, but small mistakes here cost you lots of time. We are heading in the right direction and will keep working on our consistency.”
Germany swept the men’s podium. Felix Loch finished on top for the second straight week with a time of 1:28.04. David Moller was second at 1:28.251, while Andi Langenhan slid to the bronze with a time of 1:28.331.
The World Cup now travels to Winterberg, Germany.
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COMPLETE RESULTS: www.fil-luge.org
Men’s Top-Five Results:
1. Felix Loch, GER, 1:28.042; 2. David Moller, GER, 1:28.251; 3. Andi Langenhan, GER, 1:28.331; 4. Armin Zoggeler, ITA, 1:28.481; 5. Ralf Palik, GER, 1:28.525
15. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:28.739
Top-Five Team Competition Results;
1. Germany, 2:24.768; 2. Italy, 2:20.061; 3. Russia, 2:26.142; 4. Canada, 2:26.146; 5. USA, 2:26.347