Luge Canada

Young Canucks Slide to Silver and Bronze at Youth Luge World Cup in Germany

Mitchel Maylk wins silver, John Fennel grabs bronze

 WINTERBERG, Ger.—Canada’s young luge athletes continued to blaze a track to the podium around the world after sliding to the silver and bronze medal on Saturday – this time in Winterberg, Germany.

Calgary-based 16-year-olds, Mitchel Malyk and John Fennel, finished second and third respectively, for their first international medals on European tracks.

"It feels really great to pull off a podium today,” said Malyk, who clocked a second-place time of 1:28.043. “Training was going pretty good all week, and I am happy I was able to take that confidence into the race.”

Malyk posted the fastest time in his opening run at 43.868, but Germany’s Marcel Engejahringer edged out the Canadian for the top step on the podium after a clean second run, posting a combined time of 1:27.898.

John Fennel, who has reached the podium both in Park City and Calgary this eyar, found his way back to the podium, finishing third at 1:28.463.

"Even though my first run was a bit off, I am still very excited about the results,” said Fennel. “Being able to repeat the results that I had in Salt Lake and Calgary again in Europe reassures me of my ability to be on the podium.”

It is the second time this year the Canadian duo has reached the podium in the same race. They finished one-two at the season opener in Utah in November.

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