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Olympic Medallists Alex Gough and Sam Edney to Slide into Retirement at Viessmann Luge World Cup in Calgary December 8

Two-time Olympic medallist Alex Gough to forerun women’s race, taking final run on Calgary track

CALGARY—Canada’s most decorated luge athletes, Alex Gough and Sam Edney, will officially slide into retirement on the track that played a critical role in their development into Olympic medallists on December 8 at the Viessmann Luge World Cup.

Gough, who became the first and only Canadian luge athlete ever to win an Olympic medal in singles racing at the PyeongChang Games, will take one final run at Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park on Saturday at 9:35 a.m. when she foreruns the women’s singles World Cup race.

Edney, who teamed up with Gough along with Canadian tandem Tristan Walker and Justin Snith, to win Olympic silver in the team relay in PyeongChang, will greet Gough at the finish line with friends, family and teammates to mark an end to their careers.

In a nod to the German roots of the sport, with a Canadian twist, the only two Canadians ever to win a luge World Cup race will toast a Canadian brew while passing the torch off to the next generation who will be sliding towards 2022 Olympic Winter Games and beyond.


Who:                 Alex Gough – Olympic Silver and Bronze Medallist (will be sliding)

                        Sam Edney – Olympic Silver Medallist

                        Tristan Walker – Olympic Silver Medallist

                        Justin Snith – Olympic Silver Medallist

                        NextGen Athletes

                        Canadian Luge Community


When:               December 8, 2018

                        9:35 a.m. (Alex Gough’s Final Run)


Where:              Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park

                        Finish Dock – Olympic Track