Luge Canada

Best Ever World Cup Results For Regan Lauscher at the Second Viessmann World Cup

Red Deer's Regan Lauscher, Canada's only female Olympic luger, had her best ever World Cup finish today, with a ninth place time of 1:30.026 seconds.

"This is an all-time personal best for me," said Regan, "and I am very satisfied with my results. Conditions today were much slower than yesterday, which meant that even the slightest error was much more costly than if we had been running on a harder, faster surface."

"The track here at Lake Placid is quite difficult," she added. "It's highly technical, with tight turns and a chicane straightaway, so the success I've had here has really boosted my confidence and I am optimistic that I will be able to get even better results on the more sweeping tracks in Europe and Salt Lake City."

Regan is the first woman sliding for Canada at an Olympics since Kathy Salmon at the 1992 Albertville Games.

Germany's Sonja Wiedemann took the gold medal with a time of 1:28.981. The silver medal went to American Becky Wilczak and Angelika Neuner of Austria took bronze.

In doubles, Chris Moffat of Calgary and Eric Pothier of Airdrie finished thirteenth with a time of 1:31.987. Team mates Grant Albrecht and Mike Moffat, followed in fourteenth place.

Italy's Christian Oberstolz and Patric Gruber captured the gold medal with a time of 1:30.679. The German duo of Sebastian Schmidt and Andre Forker claimed silver, 0.001 seconds off the winning pace. Wolfgang and Andreas Linger of Austria took bronze with a time 1:30.930.

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Source: Jennifer Pashniak, CLA
Information: Tim Farstad, CLA-OLTC, ( 403)247-9884 or