Sam Edney Slides into 12th at Luge World Cup in Germany
WINTERBERG, Ger.—Canada’s Sam Edney battled through brutal wet snow and rainy conditions to place 12th at the Luge World Cup in Winterberg, Germany on Saturday.
The 27-year-old Calgarian had a slow opening run through the wet snow that dumped down on the Winterberg track, but rebounded with a clean second run to finish 12th at 1:48.004.
“Sam really had two good starts and runs, but it really comes down to having training time on these tracks in Germany,” said Wolfgang Staudinger, head coach, Canadian Luge Team. “There are not many sports that have five Germans at the top and that really is training time. Considering the amount of runs he has had here, 12th is very respectable.”
The Germans took the top-five spots in men’s singles. Felix Loch finished on top at 1:46.981, while Ralf Palik was second at 1:47.219, and Davide Moller grabbed the bronze medal with a time of 1:47.240.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Canadians, Tristan Walker and Justin Snith, struggled to find the fast line in the men’s doubles race. Walker, of Cochrane, Alta., and Calgary’s Snith finished 15th at 1:29.679.
Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt set the time to beat at 1:27.679. Italy’s Christian Oberstolz and Patrick Gruber slid to the silver medal with a time of 1:28.156, while Austria’s Andreas Linger and Wolfgang Linger grabbed the bronze (1:28.272).
The Luge World Cup continues on Sunday in Winterberg with women’s singles and the team relay.
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Men’s Top-Five Results:
1. Felix Loch, GER, 1:46.981; 2. Ralf Palik, GER, 1:47.219; 3. David Moller, GER, 1:47.240; 4. Andi Langenhan, GER, 1:47.274; 5. Johannes Ludwig, GER, 1:47.376
12. Sam Edney, Calgary, CAN, 1:48.004
Doubles Top-Five and Canadian Results:
1. Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt, GER, 1:27.979; 2. Christian Oberstolz/Patrick Gruber, ITA, 1:28.156; 3. Andreas Linger/Wolfgang Linger, AUT, 1:28.272; 4. Toni Eggert/Sascha Benecken, GER, 1:28.342; 5. Christian Niccum/Jayson Terdiman, USA, 1:28.434.
15. Tristan Walker, Cochrane, Alta./Justin Snith, Calgary, 1:29.679