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Second Junior World Cup - Silver Medal for Ian Cockerline

Canada's Ian Cockerline thwarted Germany's bid to sweep the podium in the Men's Junior II event at the Second Junior World Cup, held in Winterberg Germany earlier today.

Cockerline, who led after the first heat, took the silver medal with a total time of 1:52.770, only 0.130 seconds off the gold medal pace set by Patric Shurer of Germany. Shurer's team mate, Andi Langenhan, finished third with a time of 1:52.767.

"I am thrilled with this result, particularly in view of how inconsistent I had been in the training runs," said the fifteen year-old Calgarian. " "This is my first year at the Junior II level and I had established consistent top five finishes as a challenging but realistic goal. This silver medal is a great reward."

Cockerline's teammate, Jeff Christie finished in 7th place. Christie has been competing at the senior World Cup level.

"I had been aiming at a top-five finish," said Christie, "but considering the fact that I couldn't get to Winterberg in time for a full week of training, this 7th place finish is not too bad."

Canada had four other Junior II men competing today. Jorgen Krause, Sam Edney, Matt McMurray and Mike Lane, all of Calgary, finished 13th, 19th, 27th and 29th respectively.

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Source: Jennifer Pashniak, CLA
Tim Farstad, CLA-OLTC, 403-247-9884 or tfarstad@coda.ab.ca