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Tristan Walker and Justin Snith, Sam Edney and Alex Gough Sucessfully Defend Titles at Canadian Champs

WHISTLER, B.C.—It was a different Olympic Track in Canada, but the result was the same as Tristan Walker, Justin Snith, Sam Edney and Alex Gough will head to Europe to begin the World Cup circuit as the kings and queen of Canadian luge after winning the Fast Track Capital Canadian Luge Championships at the Whistler Sliding Centre Sunday.

One of the most talented doubles teams in the history of the Canadian luge program, Calgary’s 21-year-old Walker and 20-year-old Snith, slid to their second Canadian doubles title after blasting down the track where they made their Olympic debut in 2010 with a two-run time of 1:26.508.

“it’s always nice to be able to say we’re the best in the country,” said Walker. “We’re are very excited about how well we are sliding and what that means heading into the upcoming World Cup season. I have made some big gains in the gym this summer that I think will definitely show in our sliding.”

The 28-year-old Sam Edney, who will be counted on to lead the men’s singles program to the 2014 Olympics, captured his second national title after clocking a two-run time of one minute, 37.833 seconds. The two-time Olympian from Calgary has been strong in training this fall, regularly posting some of the fastest times.

Edney was joined on the podium by 17-year-old Calgarian, Mitchell Malyk, who posted an impressive second-place result at 1:38.723, while Calgary’s John Fennell locked up third spot at 1:39.951.

Calgary’s Alex Gough, who had another dream season last year becoming the first Canadian to win a World Cup at home, found her way back onto the top of the women’s podium to claim her sixth national crown. The 25-year-old Gough clocked a two-run time of 1:38.444.

“I had a shaky start to the week sorting out my equipment, but the race went well. I really felt good, and like myself, over the last couple of days,” said Gough, who pulled a personal best 7.20 at the start of a really good second run. “I’m really looking forward to getting overseas and into an international setting to see how things stack up against the best women.”

Gough’s World Cup teammate and fellow Calgarian, 22-year-old Arianne Jones, slid to the silver medal with a time of 1:39.298. Kim McRae, 20, rounded out the women’s podium in third. The Calgarian clocked-in at 1:39.318.

The World Cup season kicks off November 24-25 in Igls, Austria. Canada will play host to the 2013 World Championships at the Whistler Sliding Centre, February 1-2.

The Canadian Luge Association is a not-for-profit organization governing the sport of luge across the country. With the financial backing of its title sponsor, Fast Track Capital, along with the support from the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium, the Canadian Luge Association safely recruits and develops the nation’s current and future high-performance luge athletes with the goal of regularly climbing onto the international podium. For more information on the Canadian Luge Association, please visit us at www.luge.ca on the Internet.

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