Canadian Luge Teams Homeward Bound
The Canadian Junior National Luge team finished its first World Cup tour of the 2000/2001 season today in Oberhof, Germany. Meaghan Simister, Canada's 14 year old rising star on the junior women's circuit, posted another top-ten finish in Womens Junior I competition. Simister finished seventh in just her third Junior World Cup race with a time of one minute, 27.1 seconds. USA's Julia Cluckey (1:24.770) won gold followed by Heike Kobylka (1:25.127) of Germany and Martina Kocher (1:25.156) of Switzerland.
Medals & Olympic Qualifications Highlight
Pre-Christmas World Cup Tour
While preparing to return to Calgary for a short holiday break, Simister, commented," I'm fairly pleased with my performance in this race. I put down two clean runs and got a personal best on my second
run, although I still have to improve on my starts. This was a very fun race and awesome track, and I can't wait to race here again. I really enjoyed it!!"
Meanwhile, Canada's Senior team is finishing off a week of training in Lake Placid, New York, site of World Cup 8 in February, 2001.
Highlights of this season's pre-Christmas Junior & Senior World Cup tour were:
- Ian Cockerline, Junior I Mens - 1 Gold; 1 Silver (third place overall Junior I points)
- Sam Edney, Junior I Mens - 1 Silver
- Tyler Seitz, Mens Singles - Qualified for 2002 Olympic Games
- Chris Moffat/Eric Pothier, Mens Doubles - added two Olympic qualifier finishes - just one more needed to qualify Canada's first doubles team for 2002
- Numerous top ten or personal best Junior and Senior World cup finishes for all team members
The Junior team will be arriving Calgary International Airport on December 17 at 15:50 MST via Lufthansa flight 6788 - athletes can be met on Arrivals Level Meeting Place C.
The Senior team will be arriving Calgary International Airport on December 17 at 20:23 MST via Air Canada flight 155 - athletes can be met on Arrivals Level Meeting Place A.
All Canadian athletes are from Calgary unlesss otherwise noted.
For more information or if transmission difficulties contact:
Tim Farstad, CLA-OLTC, 403-247-9884 email@example.com
Web site: www.luge.ca