Canadian Luge Athletes Slide into Fifth in World Cup Team Relay
SIGULDA, Lat.—Canada’s luge relay squad slid to fifth spot in the team relay event on a track that has been anything but kind to them over the years in Sigulda, Latvia.
The leader of the Canadian team, Alex Gough of Calgary, teamed up with doubles sled Tristan Walker and Justin Snith, along with 20-year-old Mitch Malyk for the one-run team bomb down the Sigulda track.
A regular medal contender in the team event, the Canadian squad finished fifth for the second time in the relay this year with a time of 2:15.296.
“Sigulda has always been hard for us. It is a demanding track and we never really train here in the pre-season compared to the other nations so that really makes a big difference for us,” said Wolfgang Staudinger, head coach, Canadian Luge Team. “We just were not able to find good harmony here this week and were inconsistent. The world around us continues to get stronger and we need to work harder as a group to keep pace.”
The Germans slid to the gold medal spot on the relay podium with a time of 2:14.386. Latvia was second at 2:14.602, while Russia slid to the bronze with a time of 2:14.757.
Earlier in the day, Malyk 22nd in the men’s singles race. The 2014 Olympian clocked a time of 1:37.477. In an effort to begin preparing the next generation for elite racing, Canada sent a 17 year old from Whistler, B.C., Reid Watts, onto the World Cup for the final half of the season. Watts earned the final qualifying spot in Friday’s Nation’s Cup for the big race where he placed 32nd with a time of 1:39.159.
Germany’s Felix Loch was back on top of the podium with a winning time of 1:36.316. Russia’s Semen Pavlichenko slid to the silver at 1:36.531, while Tucker West, of the United States, grabbed the bronze medal at 1:36.775.
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Complete Relay Results: http://www.fil-luge.org/cdn/uploads/rlrelay.pdf
Men’s Singles Results: http://www.fil-luge.org/cdn/uploads/rl2wcmen-2.pdf