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CANADIAN LUGE ATHLETES FACE FIRST TEST OF SEASON IN THE ICE HOUSE

-Third annual Edworthy start competition first hurdle for athletes competing
What:
Canada's top high-performance luge athletes slide into their
first test of the 2006-07 season with the third annual Edworthy pre-season
start competition at Canada Olympic Park, Friday, October 6, 2006, from 8:15
to 10:30 a.m.

The critical luge start competition, held in CODA's world-unique Ice House training centre for the sliding sports, is the first part of a pre-season training camp to determine which athletes will carry the Canadian flag as national luge team members for the 2006-07 World Cup campaign. Each athlete will take three starts down the indoor refrigerated track and count the best two times towards his/her final results. Seventeen athletes will vie for start supremacy in men's singles, while eight competitors and four duos will take to the sleds in women's and doubles competition, respectively.

In addition to ongoing dry land training, all prospective sliders for the 2006-07 World Cup squad will compete in a series of on-track race-offs at Canada Olympic Park, October 15, 22 and 25. After determining the 2006-07 lineup, the Canadian Luge Team departs October 27 for Konigssee, Germany and Igls, Austria, for two weeks of pre-season training prior to the first World Cup race of the season.

Who: Canadian Luge Team
Walter Corey, Head Coach

When: Friday, October 6, 2006
8:15 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Canada Olympic Park - Ice House
Calgary, Alta.

Schedule: Singles Runs 1-3 8:15 a.m.
Doubles Runs 1-3 10 a.m.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Doug McIntyre
Media Relations, Canadian Luge Association
T: 403-247-5447
Email: qzpvagler@pbqn.pn