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Young Canucks to Play Host at Junior Luge World Cup in Whistler

Future Olympians in youth and junior divisions set to race head-to-head, December 4-7

WHISTLER—Canada’s next generation of Olympic luge athletes will play host to back-to-back Junior Luge World Cups at the Whistler Sliding Centre, December 4-7, 2014.

Four of the six Canadian athletes already confirmed to compete for Canada at the season-opener in Whistler  are from British Columbia including hometown medal-winning hero, Jenna Spencer. The legacy luge baby of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Spencer is coming off a stellar season where she finished second overall on the Youth World Cup circuit, and placed ninth in the Nation’s Cup when the best on the globe slid into Whistler last year for the Luge World Cup.

The largest group of junior athletes from British Columbia ever to compete in an international luge race will also include: Adam Shippit, Reid Watts and Nicky Klimchuk-Brown. They will be joined by Calgarians, Rachel Klassen and Brooke Apshkrum

The young Canucks will slide into the start handles with the best young luge athletes in the world for races in men’s and women’s singles, doubles and a team relay event to kick off the 2014-15 season.

Nearly 80 athletes will represent 11 countries in the youth and junior divisions.

When:             

World Cup #1

December 4, 2014                              

1 p.m. – Youth Men, Women and Doubles

 

December 5, 2014

1 p.m. – Junior Men, Women 

 

World Cup #2

December 6, 2014

9 a.m. – Youth Men, Women and Doubles

 

December 7, 2014

9 a.m. – Junior Men, Women, Team Competition

 

Where:              Whistler Sliding Centre

                        Whistler, B.C.

 

The Canadian Luge Association is a not-for-profit organization responsible for governing the sport of luge across the country. With the financial backing of 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.