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National Junior Luge Team Chosen at the First Provincial Junior Luge Cup

The First Provincial Junior Luge Cup was held this weekend at Canada Olympic Park. As well as being the first national junior event of the season, it was also the third and final selection trials for the Canadian National Junior Luge team.

In the Junior II Men's singles event, Jorgen Krause of Calgary carried off top honours with a time of 1:33:155 and a top speed of 116.91 kilometres per hour. He was joined on the podium by Mike Lane and Sam Edney.

Matthew McMurray and Ian Cockerline, all of Calgary, also captured spots on the national team.

Abbie Lovatt and Lindsay Danforth were vying for the single Women's Junior II berth on the national team. With time of 1:32:087 and a top speed of 98.65 kilometres per hour, Lovatt edged out Danforth by a mere 0.371 seconds.

In the women's Junior I event, Meaghan Simister reclaimed her spot on the national team with a first place time of 1:33:597. Monica Gorham took silver with a time of 1:34:182 and Paige Duval of the United States carried off the bronze medal with a time of 1:35:264.

In doubles, National Junior team members Matthew McMurray and Mike Lane won gold with a time of 1:32:793. Calgary's Marshall Savill and Winston Davis took the silver medal with Robbie Lyons and Steve Bills of the United States claiming bronze.

Although no Junior I Men will be joining the National Junior team, Calgary's Colin Clachrie's served notice that he will be a strong future contender, turning in a gold medal time of 1:33:024. Mike Jepson and Nick Olsen finished second and third respectively.

The Provincial Luge Cup also provided an opportunity for many young sliders to get a taste of top-level junior competition. In the Youth (under 14) events, Tom Murray (Novice I) and Curran Lee (Novice II) both carried away gold medals.

Former National Junior team member Ryan Paton won the Men's Open race with a time of 1:33:091.

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Source: Jennifer Pashniak, CLA

Information: Tim Farstad, CLA-OLTC, ( 403)247-9884 or tfarstad@coda.ab.ca

CANADIAN JUNIOR NATIONAL LUGE TEAM

Junior II Men
Ian COCKERLINE
Sam EDNEY
Jorgan KRAUSE
Mike LANE
Matthew MCMURRAY

Junior II Women
Abbie LOVATT

Junior I Women
Meaghan SIMISTER

Doubles
Mike LANE / Matthew MCMURRAY