Sam Edney Leads Canadian Luge Athletes in 11th at World Cup
OBERHOF, Ger.–Canada’s top luge athletes struggled to find their top gear as the World Cup resumed in Oberhof, Germany on Saturday.
Calgary’s Sam Edney posted the best time for a Canadian sled in the men’s singles race after combining a two-run time of 1:27.774.
“Overall Sam had a very good race today, but it was so tight between spots three and 15,” said Wolfgang Staudinger, head coach, Canadian Luge Team. “There were a few small mistakes that need to be cleaned up. If we clean those up then there is a lot more possible because it is so tight.”
World Cup leader and reigning Olympic champion, Felix Loch of Germany, finished on top of the men’s singles race with a time of 1:26.828. Andi Langenhan, also of Germany, was second at 1:27.039, while American Chris Mazdzer slid to the bronze medal for the third-straight race with a time of 1:27.466.
The Canadian duo of Tristan Walker (Cochrane, Alta.) and Justin Snith (Calgary), also had a tough outing, crashing in corner 12 which dropped them into 20th place. The 23-year-olds slid to a two-run time of 1:37.163.
Germany’s Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won the doubles race with a time of 1:22.762. Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken, also of Germany, were second at 1:22.779. Russia’s Alexandr Denisyev and Vladislav Antonov slid to the final step on the men’s podium with a time of 1:22.332.
The World Cup continues on Sunday in Oberhof with the women’s singles races.
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Men’s Top-Five and Canadian Results:
1. Felix Loch, GER, 1:26.828; 2. Andi Langenhan, GER, 1:27.039; 3. Chris Mazdzer, USA, 1:27.466; 4. 4. Julian von Schleinitz, GER, 1:27.525; 5. Reinhard Egger, AUT, 1:27.594
11. Sam Edney, Calgary, 1:27.774
Top-Five Doubles and Canadian Results:
1. Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt, GER, 1:22.762; 2. Toni Eggert/Sascha Benecken, GER, 1:22.779; 3. Alexander Denisyev/Vladislav Antonov, RUS, 1:22.332; 4. Peter Penz/Georg Fischler, AUT, 1:23.335; 5. Andris Sics/Juris Sics, LAT, 1:23.363
20. Tristan Walker, Cochrane, Alta./Justin Snith, Calgary, 1:37.163